Metabolic Syndrome: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 2/18/2022

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that place an individual at risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The components of metabolic syndrome include insulin resistance, hypertension (high blood pressure), abnormal blood cholesterol levels, and an increased risk for blood clotting.

Metabolic syndrome does not produce specific symptoms and signs, since it is a marker of risk for the future development of heart and circulatory problems as well as diabetes. However, affected individuals are most likely overweight or obese. A large waist circumference is a known sign present in many people with the condition.

Cause of Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome does not have one single cause but is a result of multiple genetic and lifestyle factors.

Other metabolic syndrome symptoms and signs

  • Being Overweight or Obese
  • Large Waist Circumference


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.