Helping Patients Turn the Tide on the Chronic Illness Epidemic: REVERSING Metabolic Syndrome

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Leading health organizations now recommend therapeutic lifestyle changes as the first line of therapy for treating and reducing common risk factors associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and conditions related to aging. However for most physicians, this is a difficult treatment to render, as this often does not come as quick and easy as a medication written on a prescription pad. This is where the lifestyle medicine program FirstLine Therapy® can help clinical practices with a structured approach to implement effective lifestyle recommendations to help patients reverse risks to chronic illness.

“Many patients are looking for ways to reduce or avoid taking medications for managing early signs of chronic conditions. FirstLine Therapy provides an evidence-based approach that will help them take the necessary steps to improve their overall health”

Thousands of patients over the past 10 years have benefited from FirstLine Therapy. Forney Wellness in Forney, Texas, is one practice that has made its mission and professional crusade to help patients reverse their chronic disease processes, maintain wellness and achieve a healthier body composition by focusing on the power of nutrition and providing tools to help lifestyle measures become routine in the lives of their patients.

Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier lives by realizing their genetic potential, today announced that Cory Rice, DO and Carol Villanueva, DO at Forney Wellness are providing this clinically tested lifestyle medicine program for their patients. Metagenics' FirstLine Therapy is a program that can be customized to address key risk factors associated with some of today's most challenging chronic illnesses, such as the cluster of risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome—including abnormal cholesterol markers, elevated blood sugar and abdominal obesity.

“Many patients are looking for ways to reduce or avoid taking medications for managing early signs of chronic conditions. FirstLine Therapy provides an evidence-based approach that will help them take the necessary steps to improve their overall health,” said Dr. Rice.

FirstLine Therapy helps patients set and meet meaningful health goals by managing stress, exercising regularly, taking targeted nutritional supplements and medical foods, and eating a Mediterranean-style, low-glycemic-load food plan that includes a variety of fresh, colorful foods rich in phytonutrients to promote health.

“The majority of our patients currently enrolled in the program have not only joyfully expressed how good they feel, but have drastically improved laboratory markers of cardiac risk factors, such as cholesterol levels, triglycerides, fasting insulin and blood sugar, high sensitivity CRP and homocysteine. Also the majority of patients have come off of or significantly reduced their medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, acid reflux and diabetes,” said Dr. Villanueva. “It is for these reasons that we feel like it is so important for people to understand that chronic illness does not mean that you have to be sentenced to a life of medications and side effects.”

In a multicenter clinical trial, patients with metabolic syndrome who participated in the FirstLine Therapy program that included UltraMeal® Plus 360° medical food and a low-glycemic-load diet showed greater reductions in LDL and total cholesterol, triglycerides and other markers of cardiovascular disease risk when compared to those who were on the diet alone. In that trial the net resolution of metabolic syndrome was 44% among patients taking the medical food. These results are statistically significant compared to the control arm and illustrate that lifestyle modifications combined with a medical food can make a difference in the lives of those with risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease.

Forney Wellness is a primary care clinic in Forney, TX located at 992 E. US Highway 80, Suites C-D. You are welcome to visit www.forneywellness.com or call 972-552-2920 to learn more about the practice and its offerings.