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Certification event helps health care providers address metabolic syndrome


September 27, 2012
By Maria DiDanieli


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Sept. 27, San Francisco, CA. – On October 18-21,
Metagenics, Inc. will host a FirstLine Therapy Certification event
that will prepare MDs, DCs, DOs, NDs and functional medicine providers, and
their staff, to practice lifestyle medicine with a complete practice management
system—from clinical tools and protocols to business office management. A
particular focus is the treatment of metabolic syndrome, a condition that
affects one in three U.S. adults and increases the risk of heart disease and
diabetes.

This Metagenics, Inc event is scheduled to be
held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California.

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“Lifestyle
medicine therapies are the recommended approach to treat many common health
issues associated with metabolic syndrome,” said Jacob
J.Kornberg MD, FACS
, director of medical education for Metagenics. “The
FirstLine Therapy program gives practitioners the tools they need to comply
with these recommendations while helping their patients achieve better health
by addressing the cause, not just the symptoms, of their condition.”

Metabolic
syndrome is defined as the presence of at least three of five symptoms: high
blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, high blood sugar, abdominal obesity or
low HDL cholesterol. Research has shown that people with metabolic syndrome are
twice as likely to have heart disease and five times as likely to develop
diabetes.

Metagenics
FirstLine Therapy program offers an evidence-based, clinically effective system
to achieve optimal patient and practice success. The certification event will
cover the most successful ways to prescribe and personalize the FirstLine
Therapy program to patients, including key functional biomarkers and laboratory
values for patient assessment, and how to conduct and interpret bioelectrical
impedance analysis (BIA) to monitor body composition for patient tracking and
motivation—all in a case study and workshop-based format.

This
program also provides a structured system to teach patients behavior
modification for a lifetime approach to healthy living, such as recommendations
for phytonutrient-rich eating, exercise and stress management. FirstLine
Therapy also incorporates products such as Metagenics UltraMeal Plus 360
medical food, which was demonstrated in a recent multicenter clinical trial at
the Universities of Florida, Connecticut and California to resolve metabolic
syndrome 40 per cent more effectively in conjunction with the FirstLine Therapy
food plan compared to this diet alone. To assist practitioners in implementing
the FirstLine Therapy program, Metagenics also offers a complimentary
post-certification support program via phone, online and email.

To learn
more about the FirstLine Therapy Program visit www.firstlinetherapy.com. To
register for the San Francisco certification event, visit www.metagenics.com/flt or call
800-692-9400 (U.S.) 800-268-6200 (Canada).


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