A cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome includes high blood sugar, high blood pressure, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. The syndrome increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and other complications.
Aside from a large waist circumference, most of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome have no obvious symptoms.
Weight loss, exercise, a healthy diet, glucose reduction, and smoking cessation can help.