Fact File: Criteria for metabolic syndrome

CDC defines risk factors

Metabolic Syndrome Criteria

  • Abdominal obesity

40 inches in men

>35 inches in women

  • Elevated triglycerides and small LDL particles

≥150 mg/dL

  • Low HDL cholesterol

<40 mg/dL in men

<50 mg/dL in women

  • Raised blood pressure

≥ 135/85 mm HG

  • Fasting glucose

≥ 100 mg/dL


The CDC also includes proinflammatory state and prothrombotic state in its definition.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention