The metabolic syndrome is not a disease, but rather a group of risk factors for heart disease.
Elevated blood pressure, abnormal lipid levels, large waistline and a high fasting blood glucose level are all risk factors that can make up metabolic syndrome. According to the American Heart Association, metabolic syndrome affects 35% of adults in the United States. It is important to be tested for these risk factors and have them managed because they put you at a higher risk for a number of serious conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.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?
- Reviewer: Kim A. Carmichael, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/20/2015 -