"Metabolic syndrome ... is a clustering of at least three of the five following medical conditions:
- abdominal (central) obesity
- elevated blood pressure
- elevated fasting plasma glucose
- high serum triglycerides
- low high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels"
"The complications that may result from metabolic syndrome are frequently serious and long-term (chronic). They include: hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), diabetes, heart attack, kidney disease, stroke, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, peripheral artery disease, cardiovascular disease"