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.

References:

About metabolic syndrome. American Heart Association website. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/metabolic-syndrome/about-metabolic-syndrome#.V1bFWk2FMdU. Accessed August 27, 2018.
Metabolic syndrome. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional-disorders/obesity-and-the-metabolic-syndrome/metabolic-syndrome. Updated December 2016. August 27, 2018.
Metabolic syndrome. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/metabolic-syndrome. Accessed August 27, 2018.
Metabolic syndrome in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated March 29, 2018. Accessed August 27, 2018.
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Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 8/27/2018

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