A new study finds that 1 in 5 people under age 40 now have metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that together increase the odds for many serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The rate of metabolic syndrome is rising in all age groups — as many as half of adults over 60 have it. But among 20- to 39-year-olds, the rate rose 5 percentage points over five years, the study reported.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of heart disease risk factors that occur together. They include:
- A large waistline,
- High blood pressure,
- Higher-than-normal blood sugar levels,
- High triglyceride levels (triglycerides are a type of blood fat),
- Low levels of good (HDL) cholesterol.