Houston Methodist St. John seminar focuses on metabolic syndrome risks and treatment

Are you at risk for developing metabolic syndrome – a serious medical condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke or diabetes? Nearly 20 percent of American adults have metabolic syndrome – and some may not even know it.

That’s why Houston Methodist St. John Hospital is offering a free seminar on metabolic syndrome causes and treatments on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the hospital’s Main Lobby.

Primary care physicians from the hospital will be on hand to discuss risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol numbers and abdominal fat, as well as share insights into the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome.

“Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that often work together to create serious health issues,” says Dr. Rosemary Eseh-Logue, M.D. “All of these risk factors can be related to lifestyle or excess weight and a lack of physical activity, and while each one is serious, together they raise the stakes and make it even more likely that an individual will develop heart disease or diabetes or suffer a stroke.”

As part of the discussion on metabolic syndrome, Dr. Kyle Stephens, a bariatric surgeon with Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, will provide an overview of bariatric weight-loss surgery and how it can help individuals lose weight – and keep it off – to avoid the common health issues related to obesity. Stephens specializes in minimally invasive gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries, which allow for less discomfort, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries for patients.

To register for this informative and engaging seminar, go to houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281.333.8899.

For a physician referral, visit houstonmethodist.org/find-a- doctor or call 281.333.8899.

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