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What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome X?

Symptoms of metabolic syndrome X include excess belly fat; low HDL or "good" cholesterol; and elevation of your blood sugar, LDL or "bad" cholesterol, or blood pressure. If you have more than two of these factors (especially belly fat) you are thought to have metabolic syndrome X.

You are thought to have excess belly fat indicating metabolic syndrome X when your midsection measures larger than 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men. When testing your blood sugar your doctor may want a fasting blood sugar, this is when your blood is tested eight hours or more after your last meal. A fasting blood sugar that is more than 100 mg/dL is a red flag for metabolic syndrome X.

If your triglycerides, known as bad cholesterol, test higher than 150 mg or your HDL, known as good cholesterol, is lower than 50 mg for women or 40 mg for men than you are symptomatic of metabolic syndrome X. Another symptom of metabolic syndrome X would be If your blood pressure is greater than 130/85.

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