Metabolic Syndrome (MetS)

The term “metabolic syndrome” refers to a cluster of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type -2 diabetes.  Several different definitions for metabolic syndrome are presently in use in the United States.


34 percent of adults age 20 and older met the criteria for— pretty high

9.4 percent  adolescents ages 12–19, representing about 2.9 million persons.

Among overweight or obese adolescents (based on NHANES 1999– 2002 data), 44 percent had MetS.

Simply Put! The odds are great that you’ll develop Cardiovascular disease (CVD)  & Dibetes Mellitus (DM)

The MetS is defined as having any 3 of the following 5 diagnostic measures:

-elevated waist circumference (>40 in./102 cm. in men or >34in./ 88 cm. in women);

-elevated blood pressure (>130 mm Hg systolic blood pressure or >85 mm Hg diastolic blood pressure or drug treatment for hypertension);


NEXT 3 are measurement of sugar/glucose & lipids in your blood-NEED a blood test

-elevated triglycerides (>150 mg/dL [1.7 mmol/L] or drug treatment for elevated triglycerides);

-reduced HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (<40 mg/dL [0.9 mmol/L] in men or <50 mg/dL [1.1 mmol/L] in women or drug treatment for reduced HDL cholesterol);

-elevated fasting glucose (>100 mg/dL or drug treatment for elevated glucose).

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