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The primary "treatment" for metabolic syndrome is "lifestyle modification" to correct obesity. Those affected should lose excess weight and exercise regularly. It is also advisable to stop smoling cigarettes.

 Weight loss and exercise can:

Drug treatment may be necessary to address hypertension and high cholesterol levels. Some doctors also recommend aspirin to decrease the risk of clotting and a few doctors prescribe medications to increase insulin sensitivity (although there is not widespread agreement on this).

Patients with metabolic syndrome should work with their doctor and other medical professionals, such as an accredited practising dietitian, to develop an individualised treatment plan and to monitor its effectiveness.

Last Review Date: October 25, 2018