Metabolic syndrome is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It puts you at greater risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions affecting blood vessels.
They are very common conditions that are all linked.
People with metabolic syndrome will have:
The factors that can cause metabolic syndrome are:
In other words, you can develop metabolic syndrome if you were born with a tendency to develop insulin resistance, and you go on to develop this by putting on weight and not exercising.
Metabolic syndrome is especially common in Asian and African-Carribean people, and in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
You can prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome by making the following lifestyle changes:
The above links will take you to information and practical advice to help you make these lifestyle changes.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.