What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that increases your chance of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

You must have at least three metabolic risk factors to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.

  • A large waistline indicating abdominal obesity. Excess fat in the stomach area is a greater risk factor for heart disease than excess fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
  • A high triglyceride level: triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood.
  • A low HDL cholesterol level: HDL sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. This is because it helps remove cholesterol from your arteries. A low HDL cholesterol level raises your risk for heart disease.
  • High blood pressure: blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage your heart and lead to plaque buildup.
  • High fasting blood sugar: mildly high blood sugar may be an early sign of diabetes.