Metabolic syndrome affects one out of every four Americans (2/5 people over age 60).
Individuals who have at least three of the following criteria are considered to have this condition:
1. abdominal obesity
2. elevated triglyceride levels
3. low HDL cholesterol
4. high blood pressure
5. Resting blood glucose levels greater than 100 mg/dL
Those with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and even death.