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Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of abnormalities that occur together, increasing your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The group of metabolic risk factors includes the following syndromes:

• Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen), waist circumference
  of greater than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women

• Fasting blood triglycerides greater than 150 mg/dL

• Blood HDL cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL for men and less than 50 mg/dL for women

• Fasting blood glucose ( blood sugar) greater than 100 mg/dL

• Elevated blood pressure (130/85 mmHg or higher)

Metabolic syndrome is identified if you have three or more of these factors present.
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