A cluster of conditions that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, too much body fat around the waist and irregular cholesterol levels. The risk of metabolic syndrome increases with age. Hispanics also are at increased risk.
Most of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome have no symptoms aside from a large waist circumference.
Weight loss, exercise, a healthy diet and stopping smoking can help. Medicines also may be prescribed.