Symptoms of metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome may be diagnosed if you have three or more of the following symptoms:

  • a waist circumference of94cm (37 inches) or more in European men, or 90cm (35.5 inches) or more inSouth Asianmen
  • a waist circumference of 80cm (31.5 inches) or more in Europeanand South Asian women
  • high triglyceride levels (fat in the blood)and low levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol) in the blood, which can lead to atherosclerosis (where arteries become clogged up by fatty substances such as cholesterol)
  • high blood pressurethat's consistently 140/90mmHg or higher
  • an inability to control blood sugar levels (insulin resistance)
  • an increased risk of developing blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • a tendency to develop inflammation (irritation and swelling of body tissue)
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018