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How does the World Health Organization (WHO) define metabolic syndrome?

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has its own criteria for defining metabolic syndrome:

1. High insulin levels, an elevated fasting blood glucose or an elevated post-meal glucose alone with at least two of the following criteria:

2. Abdominal obesity as defined by a waist-to-hip ratio of greater than 0.9, a body mass index of at least 30 kg/m2 or a waist measurement over 37 inches

3. Cholesterol panel showing a triglyceride level of at least 150 mg/dl or an HDL cholesterol lower than 35 mg/dl

4. Blood pressure of 130/80 or higher (or on treatment for high blood pressure)

From: Metabolic Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

SOURCE: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

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