Metabolic syndrome is not a single disease, but a group of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include:
High blood pressure
High blood sugar
Low HDL cholesterol
Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when you have three or more of these conditions.
The exact cause of metabolic syndrome is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. These factors include:
Being overweight or obese
Not getting enough exercise
Eating a diet high in processed foods and sugary drinks
Having a family history of metabolic syndrome
There is no cure for metabolic syndrome, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing it or to manage the conditions if you already have it. These steps include:
Eating a healthy diet
Managing your blood sugar
Managing your blood pressure
Managing your cholesterol
If you have metabolic syndrome, it is important to work with your doctor to manage your conditions and reduce your risk of developing serious health problems.