Metabolic syndrome: Controversial but useful
Mark Stolar, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
Address: Mark Stolar, MD, Northwestern University Medical School, 676 North St. Clair, Suite 415, Chicago, IL 60611
ABSTRACTThe metabolic syndrome—the cluster of obesity, impaired fasting glucose, elevated triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and hypertension—may not be a "real" syndrome in the strict sense. It can, however, still be a useful concept if it prompts a physician to look for and treat additional risk factors when a patient is found to have one risk factor, or if it helps persuade patients to undertake healthy lifestyle changes before they develop overt diabetes mellitus or coronary artery disease.