The following factors increase your chances of having metabolic syndrome:

  • 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.
Aug. 22, 2014

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