Metabolism refers to all the different chemical processes that go on in your body. Metabolic syndrome is a group of health problems that involve your metabolism and give you a higher chance of having heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome is very common in the United States. People with metabolic syndrome have:
The cause of metabolic syndrome isn't known.
You're more likely to get metabolic syndrome if you store fat around your belly (you're apple-shaped) instead of your hips (you're pear-shaped). This happens in:
Women after menopause
Metabolic syndrome can affect children and teens as well.
Doctors diagnose you with metabolic syndrome if you have a large waist—40 inches (102 centimeters) or more in men and 35 inches (89 centimeters) or more in women—and 2 or more of the following: