Metabolic Diseases Specialist

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

If you have high blood sugar, high cholesterol, or other metabolic disease risk factors, seeking treatment can significantly reduce your risk of developing serious medical problems. At Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the team of board-certified internal medicine physicians offers treatments that reduce disease risk factors and optimize your health. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to learn more.

Metabolic Diseases Q&A

What are metabolic diseases?

Metabolic diseases occur when your liver, pancreas, or other organs are diseased and don’t function as they’re supposed to. Some metabolic diseases are inherited, while others result from unhealthy lifestyle habits. 

Examples of metabolic diseases and their risk factors include:

  • High blood sugar
  • Prediabetes
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • High triglycerides
  • Excess abdominal fat
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Liver diseases

These conditions increase your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, heart attack, liver failure, and other serious medical problems. About one-third of adults in the United States may have metabolic syndrome or combinations of more than one chronic disease risk factor.


What are the risk factors of metabolic diseases?

Many metabolic problems don’t cause obvious signs or symptoms, which is why routine screening is so important. You might experience increases in thirst, urination, blurry vision, fatigue, or other symptoms of high blood sugar. 

Risk factors of metabolic diseases include:

  • Genetics
  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Excessive drinking
  • Smoking
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits and seeking medical intervention can drastically reduce your risk of developing metabolic diseases and complications associated with them.


How are metabolic diseases diagnosed?

To diagnose metabolic diseases and their risk factors, the experts at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan review your medical history and symptoms. They check your weight, blood pressure, and other vital signs and complete a physical exam. Your provider might recommend blood tests to measure cholesterol, triglycerides, or thyroid hormones.


How are metabolic diseases treated?

Treatment for metabolic diseases varies based on which condition you have. Your Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan provider might recommend:

  • Weight loss
  • Dietary changes
  • Regular exercise
  • Not smoking or drinking
  • Dietary supplements
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Surgical procedures

They can refer you to a specialist when necessary to optimize your health. Weight loss can drastically reduce disease risks in many cases. Whether you’re at risk of metabolic diseases or you already have a chronic condition, your internal medicine specialist works with you to improve your health and prevent heart attack, stroke, and other serious medical problems.

Don’t let metabolic diseases or their risk factors go undetected and untreated. Schedule an appointment with the experts at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan by phone or online today.