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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is not a disease. It's a group of risk factors. They make the chances of heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes higher.

It's made up of higher than normal:

  • Blood pressure
  • Fats in the blood
  • Fasting blood glucose
  • Weight—fat around the belly is the main problem

About 35% of adults in the US have metabolic syndrome. Your doctor can test your levels. Then, you can take steps to lower to bring the levels into a normal range. Doing so will lower your chances of serious health problems.


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Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD  Last Updated: 8/27/2018