Add a few points to your cholesterol, increase your blood sugar levels a bit, let out your belt a few notches…no big deal, right? But multiply these numbers by others and you may have an equation for metabolic syndrome, which can add up to some pretty serious health problems.
Metabolic syndrome, sometimes called Syndrome X, is not really a disease. It’s actually a cluster of risk factors. Taken together they can raise your chance for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. I have read recent research that the syndrome can double your chances of developing heart disease and increase five-fold the likelihood you will develop diabetes.