What is metabolic syndrome?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Health Expert William McCarthy explains metabolic syndrome.

    William McCarthy

    Dr. William McCarthy is the Medical Director at the NOVA ABC Weight Loss Clinic

    Dr. McCarthy has been in private medical practice in the Northern Virginia area since 1976.  He received a BS (Magna cum laude) at Xavier University in Cincinnati, his M.D. degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, and served his internship and residency in Family Practice at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. McCarthy is board certified in bariatric medicine, which is the medical specialty of weight  disorders.  At this time, there are only approximatly 300 board certified bariatricians in the United States.

     He has served as the Chief of Staff and board member of Potomac Hospital here in Woodbridge.  He founded the nationally recognized Continuing Medical Education program at Potomac Hospital and served as it director for over twenty years.  He has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the top physicians in the D.C area in the Washington Consumer Checkbook.  Dr. McCarthy has also served as a board member of the Northern Virginia Foundation for Health and Medical Care and on the board of Physician’s Care insurance.  He was the team physician for the Prince William professional baseball team for many years, chosen by the Pirates, Yankees, Cardinals, and White Sox.   Dr. McCarthy has an outstanding reputation as a physician and educator, known not only for his broad knowledge of medicine, but also as a compassionate and caring physician.  After years of treating the health consequences that were brought on by excess weight, Dr. McCarthy decided to shift the focus of his care to the treatment and prevention of the actual cause of these medical problems.  Dr. McCarthy has attended numerous conferences, intensively studied the most current medical literature, and has spent time working with well known, experienced bariatricians in order to enhance his knowledge in the science of weight loss, metabolism, nutrition, exercise, and behavioral aspects of weight control.  He now dedicates his experience and knowledge to those who lives and health are adversely affected by their excess weight.

    Host: What is metabolic syndrome?

    Dr. William McCarthy: Metabolic syndrome is really a constellation of findings that a medical care provider would discover upon examination of both physically and lab test. There are five components of the metabolic syndrome and what they do they equate to risk. People with a metabolic syndrome have an extremely high risk of having some form of a cardiovascular event, which possibly could be a heart attack or a stroke within the next ten years and these five findings include:Systolic blood pressure elevation of 130 or greater.

    A fasting sugar of more than a 100.

    A triglyceride which is component of blood fats are greater than a 150. Also an HDL which is a good cholesterol is too low, it can be too low. In males it would be under 40 in females under 50.

    The final component is waistline. A male with a waistline above 40 or female with a waistline over 35 have a compound of the metabolic syndrome.

    So if person has any three of these five components, they have metabolic syndrome and are at extremely high risk for a cardiovascular event should be under physicians care.