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Metabolic syndrome does not usually have any symptoms. It's often found during a blood test or check-up.
It is not known what causes metabolic syndrome. It's linked to a problem with insulin and may also be linked to having too much fat around your tummy.
Your doctor will check for metabolic syndrome by looking at things like your family history, blood pressure, waist measurement and symptoms.
Treatments for metabolic syndrome can include medicines to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, or improve blood glucose levels or cholesterol.
Things you can do to avoid or treat metabolic syndrome include losing weight if you're overweight, eating healthily and exercising regularly.
Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of health problems that put you at risk of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes.
Page last reviewed: 16/11/2023
Next review due: 16/11/2026