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What increases my risk for metabolic syndrome?

Risk for metabolic syndrome X is increased by genetic predisposition, age, gender, medical history, and weight. If you are genetically predisposed, meaning you have a family history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease or obesity, then your risk for metabolic syndrome X is definitely increased. Also, the older you are the more your bodily functions deteriorate and the higher your risk for the metabolic factors. Gender plays a role in your risk for metabolic syndrome X, as women who have gone through menopause and men at any age are more likely to carry excess fat around their middle.

If you have a medical history of gestational diabetes while you were pregnant, you are more likely to have type 2 diabetes when you are older. Having diabetes also increases your risk for metabolic syndrome X. If you are overweight, especially if you carry excess fat around the middle, you are at a much greater risk for metabolic syndrome X.

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