Causes and Natural Treatment Options
Metabolic disorders are becoming increasingly common worldwide, with approximately one in three adults in the United States having metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and excess abdominal fat. If left untreated, metabolic syndrome can progress to more serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Metabolic disorders affect the body’s metabolic processes, including how the body converts food into energy.
These disorders can affect many bodily functions, including:
- Hormone regulation
- Energy production
- Cardiovascular health
- Neurological health
- Cholesterol levels
- Sugar levels
- Thyroid function
- Bone health
Common Symptoms of Metabolic Disorders
Symptoms of metabolic disorders can vary widely depending on the specific condition and the individual.
Some common symptoms of metabolic disorders include:
- Weight changes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Insulin resistance
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Muscle weakness
- Joint pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Skin problems, such as dryness or acne
Examples of Metabolic Disorders
Some common metabolic disorders include:
- Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Metabolic syndrome
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
- Metabolic acidosis
- Phenylketonuria (PKU)
What Causes Metabolic Disorders?
Various factors, including genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle factors, can cause metabolic disorders.
Some potential causes of metabolic disorders include:
- Chronic stress can affect the body’s natural hormone balance and contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
- Hormonal imbalances, such as insulin resistance or thyroid dysfunction, can contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
- Environmental toxins: Exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides or plastics, can contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
- Medications: Certain medications can contribute to metabolic dysfunction, such as corticosteroids or antipsychotic drugs.
- Sleep disturbances: Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep can contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
- Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of physical activity can contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
- Poor gut health: Imbalances in the gut microbiome or conditions such as leaky gut syndrome can contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
- Inflammation: Chronic inflammation can disrupt the body’s metabolic processes and contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
- Excessive alcohol consumption: Heavy alcohol consumption can contribute to metabolic dysfunction and liver damage.
- Nutrient deficiencies: Certain nutrient deficiencies, such as magnesium or vitamin D, can contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
- Food sensitivities: Food sensitivities or intolerances can cause inflammation and disrupt the body’s metabolic processes.
- Genetics: Some metabolic disorders, such as diabetes or familial hypercholesterolemia, can be inherited.
- Aging: As we age, our metabolic processes may become less efficient, which can contribute to metabolic dysfunction.
Natural Treatments for Metabolic Disorders
At Anatara Medicine, we take a thorough approach to diagnosing and then treating metabolic disorders. Your medical history will be studied, and you will spend quality time with a practitioner discussing your health.
As a result, the factors impacting your health will be identified, and a health treatment plan will be designed to address each issue.
Treatment and therapies may include:
- Hormone optimization can help balance insulin, thyroid, and adrenal hormones, critical in metabolic function and overall health.
- Improving Mitochondrial Health is crucial for optimal cellular function and energy production and may play a role in developing and treating metabolic disorders.
- Addressing gut health: Imbalances in the gut microbiome or conditions such as leaky gut syndrome can contribute to metabolic dysfunction, so addressing gut health through diet and targeted nutrient supplementation may be recommended.
- Dietary interventions: A nutrient-dense, whole-foods-based diet can help improve metabolic function. Some diets that may be useful include the Mediterranean diet, paleo diet, and low-carbohydrate diet.
- Detoxification therapies: Heavy metal toxicity or exposure to environmental toxins can contribute to metabolic dysfunction, so detoxification therapies such as IV chelation or ozone therapy may be recommended.
- Nutrient supplementation: Certain nutrients, such as magnesium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids, can help improve metabolic function. Supplements may be recommended based on individual needs and deficiencies.
- Peptide therapy: Peptides are small injectable protein molecules that can support metabolic function, regulate hormones, and promote weight loss.
- Acupuncture may be a helpful adjunct therapy for metabolic disorders, as it has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and promote weight loss.
- Photobiomodulation, or light therapy, may help improve metabolic function by reducing inflammation, promoting cellular energy production, and improving insulin sensitivity.
- IV therapies: IV nutrient therapies, such as high-dose vitamin C or glutathione, may be recommended to support metabolic function.
- Brain Tap Technologies is a natural and holistic therapy that uses light and sound to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve cognitive function, which may help address the underlying causes of metabolic disorders.
- Exercise: Regular exercise, including cardio and strength training, can improve metabolic function and promote weight loss.
- Stress reduction: Chronic stress can contribute to metabolic dysfunction, so stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing may be helpful.
Overcome Metabolic Syndrome at Anatara Medicine
If you are struggling with a metabolic disorder, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about our natural treatment approach. Contact us today to learn more about our personalized treatment plans and how we can help you overcome metabolic syndrome naturally.
Call (415) 345-0099 or to learn more or schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
We, unfortunately, do not take insurance. Our proprietary treatments, therapies, and diagnostics are exclusive, offered by only a few practitioners in the US. As such, insurance companies do not cover these yet.
Yes, we offer Telehealth services to many locations.
Making a trip to our lovely city of San Francisco does not need to happen right away. Based on your initial consultation, what testing has come in, our doctors will tailor recommendations for you, and we will do our best to work around your schedule.
We begin with an in-person or Telemedicine consultation with one or two of our doctors. The doctor(s) will typically recommend conventional and state-of-the-art, leading-edge tests based on the consultation. Some of these tests will likely require a blood draw. Once the test results are back, we will schedule an appointment for the doctor to review your results with you in detail.
The doctor may recommend you begin specific therapies during your initial visit before your labs have come back in certain circumstances. The doctor will discuss any such recommendations with you in detail.
Because Anatara is a leading and cutting-edge treatment center, most therapies will be received at our center in San Francisco, however, where possible, we will work with partnered centers across the country to accommodate your schedule.
Therapies are tailored for you by the doctor and Anatara team based on many variables. We offer individual targeted therapies and some treatment packages, and we will be happy to review those in detail with you once they are recommended. Many of our treatment plans include IV (intravenous) therapies, a very efficient way of administering medications and nutrients into your bloodstream to get to the tissues and cells. Some IVs only take ~ 1.5 hours, while others can take 3.0-4.0 hours, based on the tailored treatments the doctor has recommended