The risk factors include abdominal obesity, high level of fats (triglycerides) in the blood, elevated blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar and reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol levels.

The analysis showed that people with metabolic syndrome faced a greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease than their counterparts.However, this difference disappeared when people with diabetes or high blood pressure were excluded from the analysis.

"Younger people having metabolic syndrome should be aware of the risk, particularly those who have diabetes and high blood pressure," he added.The study was published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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