Metabolic syndrome could increase cardiovascular risks

May 22, 2015 3:04 PM

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Metabolic syndrome could increase cardiovascular risks

"It appeared that the cardiovascular disease risk was elevated in black women by the presence of only two or three metabolic abnormalities to a degree that would require four or more metabolic abnormalities among white women," says Dr. Michelle Schmiegelow, author of the Journal of the American Heart Association study and research fellow at University Hospital Gentofte, Denmark.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk of stroke and diabetes. The risk factors are increased blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, low levels of "good" cholesterol, impaired glucose metabolism and abdominal obesity.

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