Metabolic syndrome is a combination of conditions associated with obesity that may include high blood pressure, elevated blood lipids, and high fasting blood sugar.

Metabolic syndrome puts a person at risk for:

Metabolic syndrome may be characterized by:

  • Central obesity—high amount of fat around the waist
  • Low levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL or good) cholesterol
  • High levels of triglycerides—type of fat measured in the blood
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated fasting glucose level due to lower sensitivity to insulin

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The exact cause of metabolic syndrome is not known. It believed to be due to a combination of factors, such as:

  • Genetic factors
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor diet