What is metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a group of health problems that include too much fat around the waist, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and low HDL cholesterol.
Together, this group of health problems increases your risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
What causes metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle that includes eating too many calories, being inactive, and gaining weight, especially around the waist. This lifestyle can lead to insulin resistance, a condition in which the body is unable to use insulin properly, and this leads to a rise in your blood sugar. Over time, this can lead to Type 2 diabetes.
What are the symptoms?
If you have metabolic syndrome, you have several disorders of the metabolism which include obesity (usually around your waist), high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and resistance to insulin.