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Metabolic syndrome

When a person has "Metabolic syndrome," it means there are several reasons why they are more at risk for heart disease and diabetes. The number-one reason is usually that they carry extra weight in their mid-section. This is a more dangerous figure, because it means there is excessive fat packed in between your internal organs. People with metabolic syndrome often have high blood glucose levels -- called "hyperglycemia", high blood pressure -- called "hypertension", low levels of "good" cholesterol -- called HDL, and high levels of fat in their blood. One in four Canadians is believed to have Metabolic Syndrome, so talk to your doctor about your risk factors.

Last modified: 2012-03-06