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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is defined as a combination of high risk health factors, such as, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol and abdominal fat. The body is at risk when just one of these health problems occurs individually, but it is at greater risk when they are all combined and can lead to severe conditions such as a heart attack or a stroke and also increases someone’s chance of developing diabetes. The exact cause of metabolic syndrome developing is not known but factors associated with the development of it include, obesity (especially if you carry excess weight on your stomach), an unhealthy lifestyle (poor diet and not enough exercise), if your body is insulin resistant (this could lead to diabetes) and hormonal imbalances also play a role. Other factors can include age (the risk of developing this can increase as you get older) and other diseases, such as heart disease and liver disease.


Metabolic syndrome does not normally show any symptoms. The only great and visible symptom is a large waist circumference. However, if the blood sugar is high, which can also be a sign, someone may experience excessive thirst and extreme tiredness.