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Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome

Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome: Introduction

Metabolic syndrome includes a group of four conditions: abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Abdominal obesity is generally defined as having a waist measurement of at least 40 includes for men and 35 inches for women.

Insulin resistance is the inability of the body to effectively use the hormone insulin to properly regulate sugars and carbohydrates. Insulin resistance results in a fasting blood glucose (sugar) level of 110 mg/dL or higher. There are often no other signs and symptoms of insulin resistance for years until complications occur. When there are symptoms, they can include excessive thirst, frequent urination (frequency) and fatigue.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension is a consistent elevation of blood pressure. High blood pressure is loosely defined as a consistent reading of 130/84 mm Hg or higher. There are often no other signs and symptoms of high blood pressure for years until complications occur. When there are symptoms, they can include headaches or nosebleed.

High cholesterol, also called or hypercholesterolemia or hyperlipidemia, is a high level of total cholesterol in the blood. A blood level of triglycerides of 150 mg/dL or higher or a blood level of HDL below 40 mg/dL is considered a symptom of metabolic syndrome. There are generally no symptoms of high cholesterol until complications, such as advanced atherosclerosis and heart disease occur.

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Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome

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The latest national guidelines for preventing and managing high blood cholesterol describe a group of risk factors called metabolic syndrome. Abdominal obesity, defined as a large waist size (more than 35 inches in women and more than 40 inches in men), is part of the syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is linked to insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes) and a high risk of getting heart disease. You have metabolic syndrome if you have at least three of these risk factors:

  • a large waist measurement (abdominal obesity) of over 35 inches for women

  • high triglycerides (150 or above)

  • a low HDL or "good" cholesterol level (for women, under 50)

  • blood pressure of 130/85 or higher

  • fasting glucose (blood sugar) of 110 or higher.

(Source: excerpt from Obesity: NWHIC)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome. This signs and symptoms information for Metabolic Syndrome has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Metabolic Syndrome signs or Metabolic Syndrome symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Metabolic Syndrome symptoms.


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