This is measured to help identify the
existence of metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of
conditions — increased blood pressure,
a high blood sugar level, excess body
fat around the waist and abnormal
cholesterol levels — that occur
together, increasing your risk of heart
disease, stroke and diabetes.
Having just one of these conditions doesn't mean
you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of
these conditions increase your risk of serious
disease. If more than one of these conditions
occur in combination, your risk is even greater.
Diabetes. If you don't make lifestyle changes to
control your insulin resistance, your glucose levels
will continue to increase. You may develop
diabetes as a result of metabolic syndrome.
Cardiovascular disease. High cholesterol and
high blood pressure can contribute to the buildup
of plaques in your arteries. These plaques can
cause your arteries to narrow and harden, which
can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
If you have metabolic syndrome or any of
the components of metabolic syndrome,
aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or
even prevent the development of serious
Watch the 2 videos in this section to
increase your understanding of waist
measurement and metabolic syndrome.