is a group of separate health problems that often happen together in a person. People
who have metabolic syndrome have a higher chance of developing certain diseases, such
as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
More to Know
Metabolic syndrome isn't a disease on its own, but it is an early warning system
that someone might get heart disease, type
2 diabetes, or other illnesses. When people know they have metabolic syndrome,
they can take steps to lessen their chance of getting these diseases. Most people
with metabolic syndrome have insulin
resistance, a condition where the body doesn't respond to the hormone insulin
as well as it should.
Metabolic syndrome means someone has at least three (or all) of these problems:
People who are overweight or inactive have a higher chance of getting metabolic
syndrome. Exercising, eating the right amount of healthy food, and taking medicine
if needed can help prevent or decrease the severity of many of the related health
Keep in Mind
It can be easier for kids and teens to make changes if the whole family eats healthy
and stays active. One person can set an example for another, creating a good support
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