Metabolic Syndrome X


What is metabolic syndrome? Metabolic syndrome is a group of medical conditions that can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes. You may have metabolic syndrome if you have at least 3 of the following medical conditions:

What increases my risk for metabolic syndrome? The exact cause of metabolic syndrome is not known. Your risk for metabolic syndrome increases if you have insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body take sugar out of your blood and use it for energy. Insulin resistance means your pancreas keeps making insulin but your body cannot use it correctly. Your risk for metabolic syndrome also increases as you age, if you are overweight or obese, or you do not exercise.

What are the signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome? Most people with metabolic syndrome do not have any signs or symptoms. You may have more thirst or hunger than usual, urinate more often, or have blurred vision or headaches.

How is metabolic syndrome diagnosed? Your caregiver will examine you and ask about other medical conditions you may have. He may ask if you have any family members with metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity, or heart disease.

How is metabolic syndrome treated?

What are the risks of metabolic syndrome? If untreated, metabolic syndrome increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These conditions lead to life-threatening illness.

How can I manage metabolic syndrome?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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