Metabolic syndrome doesn’t have to lead to diabetes

Maybe your belt has gotten tighter, or your pants are snug around the waist. Then you learn your blood pressure is up, your blood sugar level has risen or your blood lipid levels are out of whack. Should you be worried?

Absolutely, says endocrinologist Betul Hatipoglu, MD. This cluster of findings is called metabolic syndrome, and if left unchecked, leads to trouble.

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