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​​​​​​​​​What is metabolic syndrome?​

​Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, or conditions, that increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Over 34% of U.S. adults have metabolic syndrome.1

How do I know if I have metabolic syndrome?​ 

To make a diagnosis, doctors look for the presence of at least three of the following risk factors:​

 

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. For this trial, a blood pressure of 130/85mm Hg or above ​is considere​d high.​​

High Blood Sugar

High blood sugar (prediabetes) means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal. For this trial, fasting blood sugar levels are considered high if they are between 100mg/dL and 125 mg/dL.


​High Triglycerides

Triglyc​erides are a type of fat found in your blood. For this trial, fasting trigl​yceri​​de levels of 150​mg/dL or above are considered to be high.

Low HDL Cholesterol

A high-density lipoprotein (​HDL) is a special protein in your cholesterol. HDL is known as the good cholesterol. You want a higher HDL score to improve your health. For this trial, fasting HDL cholesterol less than 40mg/dL for men and less than 50mg/dL for ​​wom​en are considered low.

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Larger Waist

Larger waist refers to the extra inches around your waist. For this trial, a waist measurement 40 inches or above for men and 35 inches or above for women is considered a risk factor.​​​​​​
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Learn more about metabolic syndrome.

Download printable Ans​wers by Heart sheet from the American Heart Association: What is Metabolic Syndrome? (PDF)

American Heart Association (AHA):  http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/metabolic-syndrome

Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metabolic-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20351916

1 Moo​re JX, Chaudhary N, Akinyemiju T. Metabolic Syndrome Prevalence by Race/Ethnicity and Sex in the United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988–2012. Pre​v Chronic Dis 2017;14:160287. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd1​4.160287​ ​​


​​Ready to enjoy the ELM Lifestyle?

If you have metabolic syndrome and are committed to making changes in your nutrition and physical activity behaviors while applying stress management techniques, apply to see if you qualify for the ELM trial at one of our five site locations.​

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Lead Research Institution

Rush University Medical Center
1700 W. Van Buren St. Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60612

Participating Research Institution

University of Colorado Denver
12348 E Montview Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80045

Geisinger Health System
675 Baltimore Drive
Wilkes Barre, PA 18711

Rochester Institute of Technology
180 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108