What is the Metabolic Syndrome?
The Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) is the collective term used for a group of interlinked medical conditions that all pose a significant health risk. If left unchecked, the cumulative effect of these conditions statistically reduces life expectancy by increasing the risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as various forms of cancer.
Although genetic factors play a role, the underlying cause that leads to the development of MetS relates to the progressive accumulation of excess body fat. Also relevant is the hormonal role that this abnormal fat mass plays, especially once it has become entrenched in the abdominal region.
The following conditions are associated with MetS:
How we become involved
As a healthcare organisation we focus on the treatment as well as the prevention of disease. One of the tasks that MNI was assigned to in the past was to initiate a national chain of pharmacy clinics for one of South Africa’s largest retail stores. This included implementing effective medical treatment protocols and assessing the efficacy of these on a regular basis.
Statistical analysis of all the patients seen at these clinics over time revealed that a large number of people suffered from hypertension, pre-diabetes / diabetes and high cholesterol. In addition, many were also overweight or obese and therefore qualified for the formal diagnosis of MetS. As a responsible healthcare provider, it was our duty to help these patients improve their health, increase their life expectancy and reduce their healthcare costs.
The good news is that if you start reducing insulin resistance and excess body fat, all the individual risk factors that pose a collective health risk immediately start to decline. This means that the moment you start losing weight, you have turned the corner and are on your way to recovery.
From the experience that we have gained from our work in the field, it is our opinion that the best results are achieved when a variety of strategies that work synergistically are implemented. These should be used in accordance with individual requirements.
The first step to treat MetS is lifestyle modification, either on its own, or in combination with medication. Medicinal treatment can be complementary or prescription-based, or a combination of both. Your doctor will advise you about prescription medication. We, however, can assist you with lifestyle modification as well as medicinal products that do not require a doctor’s prescription.
What we offer:
These have been formulated to combat different components of the syndrome. They can be used individually, or in combination with each other. They can also be combined with most prescription medications.
- AntaGolin – optimises blood sugar metabolism and combats insulin resistance, arguably the main contributors of MetS. Read more.
- RyChol – optimises healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, common components of MetS. Read more.
- NeuroVance – optimises brain function and combats stress. Read more.
- RheumaLin – combats inflammatory back, neck and joint pain, symptoms commonly linked with excess body fat. Read more.
- Insulin-friendly meal plan (C.A.P.E meal plan) – helps reduce body fat and optimise your metabolism. Download free copy.
- Cholesterol lowering guidelines Download free copy.
C) Free online training
We play an active role in providing ongoing information and training to medical professionals including dieticians, nurses and pharmacy staff. Members of the public who are interested in disease management strategies are also welcome to join this programme. Read more.
D) CPD points
Healthcare practitioners, dieticians, nurse practitioners and pharmacy staff can join our CDP training courses and presentations and obtain CDP points. Read more.