People with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of:
Metabolic syndrome is believed to be due to a combination of:
The more risk factors you have for metabolic syndrome, the greater your likelihood of developing it. The risk of having metabolic syndrome also increases with age. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Examples of these risk factors include:
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Last reviewed June 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
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