METABOLIC PRIMER

So what exactly does metabolic medicine entail?  

Great question. 

Do any of these sound familiar? 

Topics covered below:

Lifestyle Disruption

Lab Disruption

Medical Disruption

Cost Disruption

Future Disruption


LIFESTYLE DISRUPTION

  • Former athlete that despite massive recent efforts cannot get into the level of fitness they desire (and used to be).
  • Tried eating "whole food" instead of processed foods but made minimal impact.
  • Focus, mental clarity, and mental stamina have been retreating; in fact pondering if this is because of society's favorite only reason to feel this way -- ADD/ADHD (Spoiler, it's probably not).
  • Fearful of any trips with family or friends as there is concern of "being able to keep up" with others.
  • Unususal, unintentional weight gain despite working out and cutting/counting calories.
  • Exhausted doing endless Macros without progress.
  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustion despite working out and taking supplements.
  • Joint pain (and rheumatologic workup did not reveal any findings).
  • Concern of low T (Testosterone) and yet when seeing the "T doctor" it didn't seem to produce the results expected.
  • Concern of sugar/food addiction, and unclear understanding of the relevance.
  • Ravenous hunger that feels unquenchable despite efforts to curb consumption.
  • Blood sugar is "always crashing".
  • Seemingly constant "hangry-ness", which is honestly just angering.
  • Tired of trips to the pharmacy for medications.... and another one.... and another one...
  • Exhausted trying to "figure this out" all alone -- it should be simple. But it's not working.
  • Told "it's just getting older, and deal with it"; it's a normal part of aging. But that just doesn't feel right in the soul. Nobody wants that to be how they spend their 40s, 50s, and golden retirement years. Ever.


LAB DISRUPTION

  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL
  • High triglycerides
  • Low HDL
  • Abnormal fasting glucose
  • Abnormal hba1c
  • Elevated ALT
  • Elevated inflammation levels
  • Don't be decieved: If one is on meds currently for any of the above, then the disease state IS present. 


MEDICAL DISRUPTION

  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Insulin resistance
  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Diabetes 
  • Fatty liver disease (NASH, aka Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis)
  • Elevated BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)


COST DISRUPTION

  • Been told that health insurance premiums are going up because of new diagnoses related to any of these.
  • Repeat costly trips through the routine medical pathways are not creating impact.
  • Prescriptions are getting more costly, and numerous.
  • Told that medications are the only way to help.
  • Requiring insulin, but wishing there was a way to use far less; so far your physician just keeps increasing the amount of units.


FUTURE DISRUPTION

  • At this point, it's likely obvious. Health is priceless. This shouldn't be in doubt.
  • Costly, repeat specialist appointments.
  • New, additional medications.
  • Hospitalizations.
  • Increasing health insurance premiums.
  • New need of Insulin; and overtime, requiring more and more over time.
  • Surgical complication risks.
  • Increased risk of infections.
  • Vision loss.
  • Vascular complications needing amputations or intervention.
  • Mild cognitive impairment (a precursor to Alzheimer's Type Dementia).
  • Numbness in fingers and toes (and larger nerves) once irreversible damage occurs.
  • Erectile dysfunction (for men).
  • Repeat fungal and yeast infections (internal and/or external).
  • Liver transplants from fulminant NASH.
  • Further worsening of fatigue, decade by decade.

The Metabolic Mountain

ALL THE ABOVE ARE ALL PART OF THE METABOLIC MOUNTAIN, AS DR BARTLETT CALLS IT.  

IT'S THE PLACE WHERE HEALTH IS EITHER:

GOING UP THE MOUNTAIN (BETTER/IMPROVING/SUMMITING)

OR 

GOING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN (WORSENING/MORE DISEASE/AVALANCHE OF HEALTH DECAY).  

DR BARTLETT LIKES THIS ANALOGY BECAUSE IN REALITY, NOBODY IS SIMPLY HANGING OUT ON THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN. 

BETTER OR WORSE. THOSE ARE THE ONLY CHOICES. 

ANYTHING ELSE IS DECEPTION.  


WELL GEEZ, NOW WHAT?

If any of these are occuring or you have concerns of, then that's where metabolic expertise is relevant. And luckily, Dr. Bartlett has created few avenues for you to learn about your own metabolic health. Pick and choose. 

But please note, effort must be taken. This, health, is not a passive experience. It is requires intentionality.

Individuals must know their actual metabolic status, and then take action. That's why many have found Dr. Bartlett.  

Metabolic Status can be found through Dr. Bartlett's in-clinic consults.  

Metabolic Action is with Dr. Bartlett's online course.  

🚀 Dr. Bartlett is always glad to be the chosen guide on The Metabolic Mountain.