Metabolic Syndrome | Causes & Risk Factors


What causes metabolic syndrome?

A number of factors can act together to cause metabolic syndrome. A person who takes in too many calories and too much saturated fat, and does not get enough physical activity may develop metabolic syndrome. Other causes include insulin resistance and a family history of the risk factors for metabolic syndrome.


Metabolic Syndrome: Time for Action by Darwin Deen, M.D., M.S. (American Family Physician June 15, 2004,

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 01/05