COURSE OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this course is to provide the healthcare professional with a review of metabolic syndrome, including measurements, laboratory tests, causes, potential consequences, and preventive measures.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
Define metabolic syndrome.
Identify two key findings on physical examination that indicate possible metabolic syndrome.
Name three laboratory values that indicate possible metabolic syndrome.
Define insulin resistance.
Discuss the two most serious consequences of developing metabolic syndrome.
Describe two major lifestyle changes that can help treat and prevent metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is the name for a particular cluster of health problems first identified in 1988 by Gerald Reaven, a Stanford University endocrinologist, in a lecture to the American Diabetes Association (Reaven et al., 2000). At various times, this syndrome has been called dysmetabolic syndrome, insulin resistance syndrome, obesity dyslipidemia syndrome, and syndrome X. (Now simply known as metabolic syndrome, the “X” […]