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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 on 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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Mouth Physical Exam & Cardiac Health

Oral exams can reveal signs and symptoms of more than 90% of systemic diseases. However, in spite of these associations, some researchers feel there is a lack of awareness in the healthcare community on their possible importance. What do Functional Medicine practitioners look for within the oral cavity to assess overall 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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Lifestyle Interventions to Modify Cardiovascular Disease Risk

For adults with cardiometabolic syndrome or other heart-related risk factors, what modifiable lifestyle factors can improve biological markers, increase health-related quality of life, and decrease overall cardiometabolic risk?

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The Connection Between POPs and Metabolic Syndrome

What could be causing the global rise in metabolic syndrome and diabetes? One line of research points to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). How can clinicians manage exposures to these ubiquitous chemicals?

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Nutrients for Building ATP Levels

Because the heart’s ability to store energy is limited, a continuous process to fuel the mitochondria by stimulating ATP production is a focus of new heart failure treatment strategies. Read More
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Effects of the Microbiome on Cardiovascular Health

The health of the microbiome affects the entire body. For cardiometabolic patients, new evidence reinforces the importance of supporting gut health and monitoring the microbiome.

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Depression as Risky as Obesity?

Research suggests that depression and exhaustion are as important cardiovascular risk factors as high cholesterol and obesity. Do you consider mental health when evaluating cardiometabolic risk?

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The Cardio-Focused Physical Exam

Metabolic syndrome, cardiometabolic conditions, and cardiovascular disease continue to increase. To help your patients reduce their risks, the physical exam offers a wealth of opportunities to focus your subsequent patient history and lab assessments.

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