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Health Tip: Understanding Metabolic Syndrome

-- Metabolic syndrome is a group of factors that combine to increase a person's risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other diseases, including stroke.

The American Heart Association offers this list of criteria for metabolic syndrome:

  • Excess fat around the abdomen.
  • High triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Difficulty processing insulin.
  • High levels of fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 in the blood.
  • High blood levels of C-reactive protein.
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Posted: February 2009