- 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
- Heart Risk Factors Rise Before Menopause (08/03/2016, HealthDay)
- Blood Pressure Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later? (06/27/2016, 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: Recommended Levels of Physical Activity Are Associated with Reduced Risk...
- Article: Correction of hypovitaminosis D does not improve the metabolic syndrome...
- Article: Pregnancy-Associated Hypertension in Glucose-Intolerant Pregnancy and Subsequent Metabolic Syndrome.
- Metabolic Syndrome -- see more articles