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Lifestyle Interventions for Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, characterized by abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, is now considered a major health hazard and has even been called a “global pandemic.” Researchers suggest that an increase in high-calorie, low-fiber fast food, more sedentary lifestyles, and a decrease in physical activity contribute to the rising incidence of metabolic syndrome.

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Social Support, Stress, and Cardiac Health

Everyday stress affects cardiovascular function. Robert Luby, MD, discusses the vascular endothelium and the stress response.

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Nutritional Controversies in Heart Disease: A Functional Medicine Cardiologist’s Perspective

Nutrition research and guidelines continue to be contradictory; Dr. Regina Druz, a functional cardiologist, shares her perspective.

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Low-Level Lead Exposure & Implications for Human Health

A 2018 study provides the first published evidence that lead exposure results in DNA damage via oxidative stress and promoter methylation of DNA repair genes in human cell lines. What other emerging research links lead to undesirable health outcomes?

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Video: Atherosclerosis with Elizabeth Boham, MD

In many countries, mortality due to atherosclerosis has been decreasing over the decades.1 Yet atherosclerosis still correlates with very high health risks, including ischemic stroke, and modifiable lifestyle factors play a huge role.2-3 In the video below, Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD, IFMCP, describes her first steps in working with patients to decrease their cardiometabolic health risks when atherosclerosis is present. 

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Dr. Saxena on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors

Assessing cardiometabolic risks has evolved over time. Simultaneously, primary care is still the proposed central hub for evaluating cardiometabolic risks and intervening.1-3 In the video below, Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP, an IFM educator, explains the shift in her thinking for addressing cardiometabolic risk in her patients since medical school.

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Video: Cardiometabolic Risk Assessment in Primary Care

Assessing cardiometabolic risks has evolved over time. Simultaneously, primary care is still the proposed central hub for evaluating cardiometabolic risks and intervening.1-3 In a video, Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP, an IFM educator, explains the shift in her thinking for addressing cardiometabolic risk in her patients since medical school.

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Benefits of Fasting Insulin Testing at Two-Hour Intervals With Kristi Hughes, ND

In this video, Kristi Hughes, ND, describes the benefits of fasting insulin testing at two-hour intervals.

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Cardiac Health & the Mouth

Oral exams can reveal signs and symptoms of more than 90% of systemic diseases. Yet even though this simple procedure is a rich source of information about overall health, it is underutilized in the primary care community. What do Functional Medicine practitioners look for within the oral cavity to assess patient health?

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When to Suspect Metabolic Syndrome

Approximately 20% of normal-weight individuals have metabolic disturbances, as well as an accompanying three-fold increase in mortality. What antecedents can help you detect metabolic syndrome?

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Exercise Prescriptions for Cardiometabolic Health

Current health policy guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week coupled with reduced daily sedentary behavior by interrupting prolonged sitting with bouts of light activity every 30 minutes to promote health and quality of life. How can clinicians help patients modify sedentary behaviors—many of which are involuntary—and incorporate physical activity into their daily lives?

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The Right Food Plan for Cardiometabolic Patients

IFM’s Cardiometabolic Food Plan is a long-term, sustainable dietary intervention that helps prevent and reverse many cardiometabolic conditions.

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