Metabolic Syndrome

A snapshot of your health in five simple numbers

Metabolic Syndrome refers to a cluster of factors that helps identify your risk for future illness. It is determined by evaluating five measurements:

    • Blood pressure
    • Waist circumference
    • HDL cholesterol level
    • Triglycerides level
    • Fasting glucose level

Screening for Metabolic Syndrome is simple and can be accomplished in a matter of minutes by a health care professional. All that is required is a blood pressure cuff, a tape measure, and a blood specimen.

And the results are simple to calculate, too. If you are classified “At Risk” in at least three of the categories, you have Metabolic Syndrome, which means you are at a high risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. However, programs focused on weight loss, diet changes, and physical activity can help persons with Metabolic Syndrome reduce their risk for chronic health problems and improve their numbers.

Waist Circumference

  • Normal – less than 40 inches (men) / less than 35 inches (women)
  • At risk – greater than 40 inches (men) / greater than 35 inches (women)

Fasting Glucose Level

  • Normal – less than 100 mg/dl
  • At Risk – greater than 100 mg/dl

Blood Pressure

  • Normal – less than 130 mm Hg systolic (higher number) / less than 85 mm Hg diastolic (lower number)
  • At Risk – greater than 130 mmHg systolic (higher number) / greater than 85 mm Hg diastolic (lower number)

HDL Cholesterol Level

  • Normal – greater than 40 mg/dl (men) / greater than 50 mg/dl (women)
  • At Risk – less than 40 mg/dl (men) / less than 50 mg/dl (women)

Triglycerides Level

  • Normal – less than 150 mg/dl
  • At Risk – greater than 150 mg/dl


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