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Cardiometabolic Health Specialist

Rina S Kapoor, MD, ABOIM -  - Integrative Medicine

ARA Integrative and Functional Medicine

Rina S Kapoor, MD, ABOIM

Integrative Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Glen Mills, PA

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the US and over 80% of Americans are considered to be "metabolically unhealthy.” At ARA Integrative and Functional Medicine, which serves Main Line Philadelphia and the surrounding areas in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Rina Kapoor MD, ABOIM, uses holistic techniques to improve your cardiometabolic health. Optimal cardiometabolic health reduces your risk of Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and more. For more information, call ARA Integrative and Functional Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.

Cardiometabolic Health Q & A

What is cardiometabolic health?

Cardiometabolic health refers to conditions that affect the cardiovascular system, including obesity and insulin resistance. Dr. Kapoor takes a functional approach to cardiometabolic health, focusing on sustainable dietary and lifestyle changes, rather than medication, to improve metabolic function and stabilize insulin production.

Which conditions affect cardiometabolic health?

Common risk factors for poor cardiometabolic health include:

  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • High cholesterol
  • High sugar intake
  • Inactivity

These risk factors increase your chances of developing a wide range of chronic cardiovascular conditions, including:

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the result of high blood sugar levels. If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, the hormone that allows your body to use sugar as energy. As sugar builds up in your blood, it can damage your blood vessel walls. This leads to potentially serious concerns, including heart disease, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage), and even vision loss.

High cholesterol

High cholesterol in the blood is often the result of a diet high in fat, sugars, and simple carbohydrates, sometimes combined with low activity levels. When cholesterol builds in your blood, it slows circulation, which can result in clogged arteries and even heart disease.

Heart disease

Congestive heart failure and heart attack are two of the most common types of heart disease. Blockages in the arteries from high cholesterol can lead to heart disease, as can obesity. When your body is carrying excess weight, your heart must work harder to pump blood.

How can I improve my cardiometabolic health?

At ARA Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Kapoor will take a complete cardiometabolic medical history looking at both personal and family history of diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, heart failure, and cardiovascular disease. She utilizes new assessment approaches and laboratory biomarkers for identifying chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, autoimmunity, toxicity, and hormonal dysregulation in patients with cardiometabolic dysfunction.

Dr. Kapoor will develop a personalized plan of specific nutrients, phytonutrients, botanicals, pharmaceuticals, dietary plans, stress reduction techniques, and lifestyle interventions to improve the prevention and management of patients with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Kapoor offers nutrigenomic testing to help customize the right diet for your unique genetic makeup. This can help you maintain a healthy weight to improve your cardiometabolic health. 

To learn more about cardiometabolic health, call ARA Integrative and Functional Medicine or schedule an appointment online now.