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Metabolic Syndrome (cont.)

Medications

Medications should be tailored to target the specific components of the metabolic syndrome that are present in the patient.

Cholesterol-lowering drug classes include statins and fibrates. Blood pressure medications of various classes can be used, with consideration of coexisting diseases or conditions. Aspirin may be considered to reduce cardiac risk, along with supplements such as omega 3-fatty acids and fish oils.

Metformin (Glucophage), usually used to treat type 2 diabetes, also has been found to help prevent the onset of diabetes in people with metabolic syndrome. Many of my patients who have insulin resistance associated with metabolic syndrome opt for metformin therapy. However, there are currently no established guidelines on treating metabolic syndrome patients with metformin if they do not have overt diabetes.

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