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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

Waist circumference is a factor

(HealthDay News) -- Metabolic syndrome, sometimes called pre-diabetes, is a group of risk factors that increase your risk of heart disease.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says metabolic syndrome includes:

  • Having excess abdominal fat, which increases the circumference of your waist.
  • Having high levels of fatty triglycerides in the blood.
  • Having low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having a high fasting blood sugar.

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