Metabolic syndrome involves disturbances in the way your body metabolizes, or uses, energy. The underlying causes of metabolic syndrome stem from a sedentary lifestyle and eating too many high-calorie foods.

If you don’t treat it, metabolic syndrome can lead to serious complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, among others. In fact, studies show that if you have metabolic syndrome, you have more than twice the risk of having a heart attack or developing diabetes than people who don’t have this condition.


To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you must have at least 3 of the following 5 features:

  • A large waistline, defined as 40 inches or more for men, and 35 inches or more women (These measurements apply to most of the men and women living in the U.S. There are other defined measurements for ethnic groups from countries around the world.)
  • Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl or more, or be receiving treatment for this condition
  • HDL cholesterol levels below 40 mg/dl for men and below 50 mg/dl for women
  • Blood pressure of 130 mm of Hg systolic or 85 mm of Hg diastolic or higher, or be receiving treatment for high blood pressure
  • Fasting blood sugar level of 110 mg/dl or more, or be receiving treatment for diabetes


If you’re overweight or obese or have a large waistline, it’s helpful to talk with your health care provider about checking for the other features for this condition. The earlier you identify metabolic syndrome, the sooner you can treat the underlying causes and avoid the potential complications.

Services & Treatment

Adopting a healthier lifestyle is the first step toward treating metabolic syndrome and the features associated with it. Your health care provider can guide you toward a healthier lifestyle, which includes:

  • Eating healthier foods
  • Increasing your daily physical activity
  • Quitting smoking
In addition, your health care provider may prescribe medications to control your blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

For help treating metabolic syndrome, we have a Clinic for Preventive Cardiology that offers a special lifestyle modification program. We can assess your risks for metabolic syndrome and provide personal coaching on how to live a healthier lifestyle. This clinic is available at both Aurora Sinai Medical Center and Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 414-219-7653.

Why Aurora?

Aurora offers a coordinated care experience that includes access to personalized health information and services for preventing and treating metabolic syndrome. By working with our dietitians, you can learn how to follow a heart-healthy diet to help control or avoid metabolic syndrome risk factors.

Our coordinated care also includes access to outstanding doctors and services for preventing, diagnosing and treating other cardiovascular conditions and disorders.

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