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What is metabolic syndrome?

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a medical condition, diagnosed when any three out of the following five risk factors occur together (1):

  1. Abdominal obesity (apple shaped body);
  2. High blood triglyceride levels;
  3. Low HDL cholesterol level;
  4. High blood pressure; (see how to reduce it..)
  5. High fasting blood glucose.

Metabolic syndrome indicates a high risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

Other risks linked to metabolic syndrome are:

  1. Insulin resistance;
  2. Lack of physical activity;
  3. Genetics;
  4. Chronic stress;
  5. Diet high in fructose (2); (
  6. Alcoholism;
  7. Aging (if linked to obesity and sedentary lifestyle).

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