Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Metabolic Syndrome?

Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD


June 27, 2018

According to guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association, metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when a patient has at least three of the following five conditions:

  • Fasting glucose level ≥ 100 mg/dL (or receiving drug therapy for hyperglycemia)

  • Blood pressure ≥ 130/85 mm Hg (or receiving drug therapy for hypertension)

  • Triglyceride level ≥ 150 mg/dL (or receiving drug therapy for hypertriglyceridemia)

  • HDL-C level < 40 mg/dL in men or < 50 mg/dL in women (or receiving drug therapy for reduced HDL-C level)

  • Waist circumference ≥ 40 in in men or ≥ 35 in in women; if Asian American, ≥ 35 in in men or ≥ 32 in in women

For more on the presentation of metabolic syndrome, read here.


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