Amy Scholten, MPH
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What Is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome puts a person at risk for:
Metabolic syndrome is characterized by:
The exact cause of metabolic syndrome is not known. It believed to be due to a combination of factors, such as:
Factors that increase your risk of metabolic syndrome include:
Except for obesity, there are no obvious symptoms.
You may be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome if you have at least three of the following:
*mg/dL = milligrams per deciliter blood, mmol/L = millimoles per liter blood
The treatment of metabolic syndrome involves:
or other weight loss surgery may be helpful to treat metabolic syndrome. Talk to your doctor to learn if this is an option for you.
To reduce your chances of metabolic syndrome, take these steps:
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What is metabolic syndrome?
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Last reviewed May 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
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