by EBSCO Medical Review Board

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

It is 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. The doctor can test for risks. Steps can be taken to bring levels into a normal range. This can lower the risk of serious health problems.

What are the risk factors for metabolic syndrome?What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome?How is metabolic syndrome diagnosed?What are the treatments for metabolic syndrome?Are there screening tests for metabolic syndrome?How can I reduce my risk of metabolic syndrome?What questions should I ask my doctor about metabolic syndrome?Where can I get more information about metabolic syndrome?


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Metabolic syndrome. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: April 11, 2022.

Metabolic syndrome. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: Accessed April 11, 2022

Metabolic syndrome in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Accessed April 11, 2022.

Rosenzweig JL, Bakris GL, et al. Primary prevention of ASCVD and T2DM in patients at metabolic risk: an Endocrine Society* Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019:jc.2019-01338.

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