Approximately 40% of Canadians over the age of 20 have at least 1 chronic disease as reported by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed when having 3 of 6 possible conditions such as Hypertension, Hyperglycemia or Diabetes, Low HDL Cholesterol, High Triglycerides or Obesity with waist/hip ratio greater than 0.9 in Men, 0.85 in Women or Body Mass Index over 30 (WHO Definition).
By Identifying those with Metabolic Syndrome, Screening for complications and Chronic Disease can be done. Associated conditions include: Hypertension, Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Cerebrovascular Disease, Dementia, Dyslipdemia, Fatty Liver and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Internal Medicine is a specialty that diagnoses and treats chronic disease and is well-equipped to manage many chronic diseases simultaneously.
It is important that these diseases be screened for so that treatment can be initiated and managed and secondary outcomes such as heart attack and stroke can be minimized.