The following factors increase your chances of having metabolic syndrome:
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- Age. Your risk of metabolic syndrome increases with age, affecting 40 percent of people over the age of 60.
- Race. Hispanics and Asians seem to be at greater risk of metabolic syndrome than are people of other races.
- Obesity. Carrying too much weight increases your risk of metabolic syndrome — particularly if you have an apple shape rather than a pear shape.
- Diabetes. You're more likely to have metabolic syndrome if you had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or if you have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
- Other diseases. Your risk of metabolic syndrome is higher if you've ever had cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or polycystic ovary syndrome.
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- Insulin resistance and prediabetes. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/insulinresistance. Accessed June 12, 2014.
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