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The Metabolic Syndrome

The term metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of risk factors that increase the chances of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes (high blood sugar). The exact cause of the metabolic syndrome is not known but genetic factors, too much body fat (especially in the waist area, the most dangerous type of fat), and lack of exercise add to the development of the condition.

You are diagnosed with the metabolic syndrome if you have three or more risk factors (see table below).

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The Hormone Foundation

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