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by EBSCO Medical Review Board

A risk factor is something that raises a person's chances of getting a disease or health problem. A person can have metabolic syndrome with or without the risks below. The more risks a person has, the greater the chances are.

Metabolic syndrome is more common in people aged 60 years and older.

Other things that raise the risk are:

  • Being overweight or obese—especially belly fat
  • Getting little or no exercise
  • A diet high in sugar, fats, and calories
  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Certain medicines such as those to treat mental health problems
  • Family history of diabetes of metabolic syndrome


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