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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:
Metabolic syndrome can affect children and teens as well.
Metabolic syndrome itself causes no symptoms. But you may have symptoms of its complications, such as:
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:
Doctors will help you lose weight by having you eat a healthier diet and exercise more. They'll also give you medicines to treat any diseases you have, such as: