Metabolic Syndrome: The Cluster of Conditions Linked to Belly Fat.

Metabolic syndrome increases heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes risk. Visceral or central adiposity—excess abdominal fat—is a hallmark of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is strongly linked to abdominal obesity, or excess waist fat. In men, a waist circumference of 40 inches (102 cm) or higher indicates abdominal obesity; in women, 35 inches (88 cm).

Blood pressure over 130/85 mm Hg is hypertension. High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

Insulin resistance raises blood sugar by making cells less insulin-responsive. Insulin resistance can cause type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is indicated by fasting blood glucose levels above 100 mg/dL.

The "good" cholesterol, HDL, is low, and the "bad" cholesterol, LDL, is high in metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome may increase blood clotting and cardiovascular risk. The presence of three or more of these diseases usually indicates metabolic syndrome. various health organizations have various metabolic syndrome criteria.

Insulin Resistance: Insulin resistance causes high blood sugar and other metabolic abnormalities in many cases of metabolic syndrome.

It's important for individuals with metabolic syndrome to work closely with healthcare professionals to develop a personalized treatment plan based on their specific health needs.

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