Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome
- Genetic factors, which you inherit from your family
- Environmental factors such as diet and physical activity level
- Ethnicity—Mexican American women, Caucasians, and African Americans have a higher risk.
- Obesity—You are more likely to develop many of the underlying conditions of metabolic syndrome if you are overweight, especially if that extra weight is around your waist.
Having disorders or conditions associated with metabolic disorder such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Cholesterol problems
- Coronary artery disease —a heart condition where the arteries that supply blood to the heart narrow, increasing the chances of a heart attack
- Polycystic ovary syndrome —a hormonal disorder that occurs when a woman produces an excess of male hormones
- Genes—Having a family history of the disorders listed above
- Physical inactivity
- Poor diet—Eating a diet high in calories, sugar, saturated fats, and starchy foodsand low in dietary fiber increases your risk.
- Unhealthy habits, such as smoking
- Certain medication, such as atypical antipsychotics
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/20/2013 -
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