Why Cardiologists Should Not Diagnose the Cadrio-metabolic Syndrome
Majid Ali, M.D.
Why should cardiologists not diagnose the cardio-metabolic syndromes? Because I have not yet met a cardiologist who is willing and able to reverse the so-called cardio-metabolic syndromes. Because noting good ever comes from this diagnosis. No one ever benefits from receiving this diagnosis. Because drugs used to treat this condition have never been proven o have any real long-term benefits.
In the various articles of my Metabolic Syndrome Course, I marshal a large body of scientific information to fully support my position on the subject. I explain my answer in other articles in this “The So-Called Metabolic Syndrome Series,” first as pathologist, then as a surgeon, then as researcher, then as an integrative physician. Finally I offer some comments on the subject as a student of philosophy of healing. I invite cardiologists to consider my evidence and arguments and then decide if I am being ethical in presenting my case.
American Heart Association’s Diagnostic Criteria for the Cardi-ometabolic Syndrome
Following are the diagnostic criteria of the American Heart Association’s for the cardi-ometabolic:
1, Elevated waist circumference: Men, greater than 40 inches; women greater than 35 inches
2. Elevated triglycerides: Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)
3. Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol: men,less than 40 mg/dL ; women, less than 50 mg/dL
4. Elevated blood pressure: Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg
5. Elevated fasting glucose: Over 00 mg/dL or use of drugs for hyperglycemia
Cardiologists and the Cardio-metabolic syndrome
Now consider the following about the American Heart Association’s diagnostic criteria for the cardi-ometabolic syndrome:
1. I have not seen any cardiologists clinical records showing record of initial and post-treatment waist measurements.
2. I have not seen any cardiologists prescribe any drug to lower blood triglycerides levels of less than 200 mg/dL (they know that blood triglygcerides levels vary widely meal to meal, dat-to-day).
3. There are no drugs to raise the level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol level.
4. None of the cardiologists I know treat blood pressure of 130/85 mm Hg.
5. Fasting blood glucose level for diabetes screening is unreliable (I discuss this suject at length in my book entitled “Reversing Diabetes With Insulin Intelligence.
Wikipedia, Cardiologist, and the Cario-metabolic Syndrome.
Wikipedia includes the following in its article on the metabolic syndrome: “There is confusion as to whether, in 2004, the American AHA/NHLBI intended to create another set of guidelines or simply update the NCEP ATP III definition. According to Scott Grundy, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas, the intent was just to update the NCEP ATP III definition and not create a new definition.”
Articles in My Course on the Metabolic Syndrome
* Metabolic Syndrome in Adults
* Metabolic Syndrome in Children
* Passenger Pigeons Tell the Full Story of the Metabolic Syndrome?
* Why I Never Diagnose the Metabolic Syndrome? Nor Should Anyone Else
* Why Should Family Practitioners Not Diagnose the Metabolic Syndrome?
* Why Should Internists Not Diagnose the Metabolic Syndrome?
* Why Should Cardiologists Not Diagnose the Metabolic Syndrome?
* Why Should Weight Loss Docs Not Diagnose the Metabolic Syndrome?
* Why Should Weight Loss Surgeons Not Diagnose the Metabolic Syndrome?