Metabolic Syndrome & Obesity1,2

Metabolic syndrome may be diagnosed when a patient has a cluster of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Individuals with metabolic syndrome have a two-fold increase in risk for heart attack or stroke, and a five-fold increased risk for developing diabetes when compared with individuals who do not have metabolic syndrome.1 If your risk is that high, you need to know about it, so you can take positive steps to reduce your risk and avoid those outcomes.

If you have three or more of the following risk factors, you may have metabolic syndrome:

One out of four adults has metabolic syndrome. Many have managed to reduce their risks and avoid disease by taking action. If you have metabolic syndrome, the most important actions to take include:

1. American Heart Association Web site, accessed September 13, 2011 at
2. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Web site, accessed September 13, 2011 at