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What Is the Metabolic Syndrome?

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The metabolic syndrome is a group of factors that increase your chances of developing heart disease or stroke. The metabolic syndrome also increases your risk for diabetes.

Will: "I have the metabolic syndrome. Five risk factors make up this syndrome and can cause trouble for your heart. My doctor said you only need three of the five risk factors to have the metabolic syndrome. I am working with my doctor to decrease these factors."

Do You Have the Metabolic Syndrome?

Having three or more of these risk factors means you have the metabolic syndrome.

Take Action Against the Metabolic Syndrome.

Check the risk factors you have:

_____ High waist measurement

  • Greater than 35 inches for women
  • Greater than 40 inches for men

_____ High triglyceride level of 150 mg/dL or more

_____ Low HDL (good) cholesterol level

  • Less than 50 mg/dL for women
  • Less than 40 mg/dL for men

_____ Blood pressure of 130/85 mmHg or more

_____ High fasting blood sugar of 100 mg/dL or more

If you have three or more of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about the metabolic syndrome.

Follow the Wisdom family's four-step plan on the next page if you have the metabolic syndrome.

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Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340
June 2008

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