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The Harmon Diabetes Centerís main location is on the campus of Research Medical Center at 2188 East Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132

An office is also located in Independence at 17611 E. US Hwy 24, Suite 150, Independence, MO 64056


Phone: 816-276-9410
Fax: 816-523-3693

Metabolic Syndrome

What is metabolic syndrome?
The metabolic syndrome is characterized by a group of metabolic risk factors in one person. They include:
  • Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen)
  • Atherogenic dyslipidemia (blood fat disorders ó high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol ó that foster plaque buildups in artery walls)
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body canít properly use insulin or blood sugar)
  • Prothrombotic state (e.g., high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitorĖ1 in the blood)
  • Proinflammatory state (e.g., elevated C-reactive protein in the blood)

People with the metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of coronary heart disease and other diseases related to plaque buildup in artery walls (e.g., stroke and peripheral vascular disease) and type 2 diabetes. The metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common in the United States. Itís estimated that over 50 million Americans have it.

The dominant underlying risk factors for this syndrome appear to be abdominal obesity and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a generalized metabolic disorder, in which the body canít use insulin efficiently. This is why the metabolic syndrome is also called the insulin resistance syndrome.

Other conditions associated with the syndrome include physical inactivity, aging, hormonal imbalance and genetic predisposition.

Source: American Heart Association

Additional Metabolic Syndrome informational links:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/metabolic%20syndrome/DS00522
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/ms/ms_whatis.html

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