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Metabolic Syndrome

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome and How Is It Diagnosed?

Metabolic syndrome needs to be assessed by a medical professional through physical examination and laboratory tests in order to make the diagnosis. Since most of the metabolic syndrome risk factors don’t have symptoms, the only outward sign is an increasing waistline. Elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol don’t always exhibit symptoms.

One must have three of the five following risk factors to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome:

Tests that may be done to diagnose metabolic syndrome are:

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