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How is metabolic syndrome diagnosed?

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According to American Heart Association guidelines, any three of the following traits in the same person meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome:

1. Abdominal obesity: a waist circumference over 102 cm (40 in) in men and over 88 cm (35 inches) in women

2. Serum triglycerides: 150 mg/dl or above, or taking medication for elevated triglycerides

3. HDL (''good'') cholesterol: 40mg/dl or lower in men and 50mg/dl or lower in women

4. Blood pressure of 130/85 or above (or taking medication for high blood pressure)

5. Fasting blood glucose of 100 mg/dl or above

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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