Metabolic Dysfunction Specialist

Family Medicine in Riverview, MI

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Metabolic Dysfunction services offered in Riverview, MI

Chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease are a significant cause of death and disability in the United States. How you live your life may contribute to your risk of developing these lifelong health problems. Rodney Poling, DO, at MedHealth in Riverview, Michigan, takes a proactive approach to wellness, focusing on disease prevention. He looks for factors linked to metabolic dysfunction to identify people at risk of developing future health problems. To find out more about metabolic dysfunction and how it affects your health, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Metabolic Dysfunction Q & A

What is metabolic dysfunction?

Metabolic dysfunction refers to a set of symptoms and conditions that put you at risk of developing chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes. These symptoms and conditions include:

  • Excess abdominal fat that increases your waist size
  • Hypertension
  • High triglycerides (a type of fat)
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood glucose (also known as blood sugar)

Having just one of these symptoms or conditions affects your overall health and well-being. However, if you have three or more of these symptoms or conditions, you have metabolic dysfunction.

What causes metabolic dysfunction?

There are several conditions that may cause metabolic dysfunction. Weight challenges are major factors, as well as not getting enough physical activity.

However, most people with metabolic dysfunction have insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas. It supports your body’s metabolism by transporting glucose from your blood into your cells for energy. 

If you have insulin resistance, your insulin is unable to get the glucose into the cell, causing higher than normal blood glucose levels. When your blood glucose levels remain elevated, it puts you at risk of developing diabetes. 

How is metabolic dysfunction diagnosed?

Dr. Poling conducts a comprehensive history and physical to diagnose metabolic dysfunction. He determines your diagnosis based on your medical history, lifestyle, weight, and the results of your bloodwork.

The team may also run lab work to assess cardiovascular health and risk of disease. That might include a measurement of your glutathione levels and genetic testing to look for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) mutations.

Glutathione is an antioxidant made by your body that protects it from cellular damage. Production of this antioxidant slows down as you get older and may play a role in the development of chronic disease.

MTHFR is an enzyme that helps your body break down the amino acid homocysteine. Certain genetic mutations affect this function and may be a risk factor for chronic health problems like heart disease.

How is metabolic dysfunction treated?

Dr. Poling focuses on helping you make lifestyle changes to improve your health and the factors that contribute to your metabolic dysfunction. Your plan may include:

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Managing stress
  • Smoking cessation
  • Developing healthy sleeping habits
  • Weight loss

Dr. Poling may also recommend specific treatments or medications to manage health conditions that contribute to your metabolic dysfunction. That might include blood pressure medication for hypertension or cholesterol-lowering medication for high cholesterol.

Metabolic dysfunction puts your health at risk, but you can take control. Call MedHealth or schedule your metabolic dysfunction consultation online today.

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