Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome

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Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, which is defined as a cluster of risk factors that increase your likelihood of having serious health conditions, is estimated to affect one in six people. If you have metabolic syndrome, you are more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

You may be at risk for metabolic syndrome if you:

  • Are 40 or older: Your risk for developing metabolic syndrome increases as you age. You are 45% more likely to develop metabolic syndrome if you are in your 60s, for example.
  • Have a family history of metabolic syndrome: You may not know if your family members have or have had metabolic syndrome, but your risk is increased if you have a family history. Your risk is also increased if you have a family history of diabetes.
  • Are prone to blood clots: Blood tests can be done to determine if you are at risk for blood clots or inflammation, which may also indicate that you are at increased risk for metabolic syndrome.
  • Have other chronic medical conditions: People who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fatty liver, cholesterol gallstones, and lipodystrophy are more likely to also develop metabolic syndrome.

Symptoms of metabolic syndrome include high blood pressure and cholesterol, which can be hard to detect without visiting a doctor. A more visible symptom of metabolic syndrome is accumulating extra weight in your stomach. If you think you may be at risk for metabolic syndrome, contact your doctor to determine your risk and discuss preventative measures.

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