Metabolic syndrome is defined as the presence of three or more of the following health conditions:
- Abdominal girth – also known as a beer belly or apple shape
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated triglycerides – a type of fat in your blood
- Elevated blood sugar
- Low HDL – good cholesterol
The more of these conditions you have, the more at risk you are for heart attack, stroke, heart failure and diabetes. About 80 percent of people who have metabolic syndrome have it as a genetic inheritance. Of the 20 percent who did not inherit metabolic syndrome, the disorder is almost all lifestyle induced. The good news is you can significantly decrease your risk through lifestyle changes.
The University of Michigan Metabolic Fitness Program is focused on helping you reverse your metabolic syndrome through support for these lifestyle changes. Our program combines exercise, nutrition, stress management and strategies for behavior change in a supportive group atmosphere. The program requires physician referral and includes 12-and 24-week options. All of the patients in the program are granted full access to our cutting-edge Fitness Center, which is supervised by our exercise physiologists. Learn more about the Metabolic Fitness Program.
Make an Appointment
A physician referral is required for the Metabolic Fitness Program. To schedule an appointment, call us at 734-998-5679. To make an appointment regarding other cardiovascular-related conditions, contact our New Patient Coordination Center representatives at 888-287-1082 or visit our Make an Appointment page for more information.