- High blood pressure
- High blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels
- High levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood
- Low levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, in your blood
- Too much fat around your waist
Not all doctors agree on the definition or cause of metabolic syndrome. The cause might be insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone your body produces to help you turn sugar from food into energy for your body. If you are insulin resistant, too much sugar builds up in your blood, setting the stage for disease.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- The Shame of 'Fat Shaming' (01/31/2017, HealthDay)
- Symptoms and Diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome (American Heart Association)
Treatments and Therapies
- How Is Metabolic Syndrome Treated? (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: The relationship of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome...
- Article: Efficacy of a randomized trial examining commercial weight loss programs...
- Article: Cancer treatment induced metabolic syndrome: Improving outcome with lifestyle.
- Metabolic Syndrome -- see more articles