- 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
- Symptoms and Diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome (American Heart Association)
Statistics and Research
- Metabolic Syndrome Prevalence by Race/Ethnicity and Sex in the United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-2012 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: High-density lipoprotein-cholesterol functionality and metabolic syndrome: Protocol for review and...
- Article: Association between metabolic syndrome and periodontitis: a systematic review and...
- Article: Emerging Concepts in Organ-Specific Lymphatic Vessels and Metabolic Regulation of...
- Metabolic Syndrome -- see more articles