Metabolic syndrome is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It puts you at greater risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions affecting blood vessels.
They are very common conditions that are all linked, which explains why metabolic syndrome affects an estimated one in four adults in the UK.
People with metabolic syndrome will have:
The factors that can cause metabolic syndrome are:
In other words, you can develop metabolic syndrome if you were born with a tendency to develop insulin resistance, and you go on to develop this by putting on weight and not exercising.
Metabolic syndrome is especially common in Asian and African-Caribbean people, and in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
You can prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome by making the following lifestyle changes:
The above links will take you to information and practical advice to help you make these lifestyle changes.