Women & Metabolic Syndrome

heavier womanMeasured your waist lately? If not, you should. Whether you're overweight or not, if your waist is more than 34 inches around, you may be looking at the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to health problems. That's because a large waist is one sign of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is not pre-diabetes, insulin resistance orglucose intolerance. It's not even a disease. Rather, it's a cluster of risk factors associated with obesity. Identifying the syndrome is important because, like that tip of the iceberg, it represents a very serious, yet hidden, danger to your health. You have metabolic syndrome if you have any three of the following five risk factors: