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The metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by a few anomalies that together increase one's risk for developing type II diabetes mellitus, heart disease and stroke. These anomalies include: increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist (also known as a pot belly or beer belly) and abnormal cholesterol levels.

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  1. Better Health Channel entry
  2. Mayo Clinic entry
  3. MedlinePlus entry
  4. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute entry