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Table 1 The revised National Cholesterol Education Program’s Adult Treatment Panel III criteria (NCEP:ATP III): for a person to be defined as having metabolic syndrome (MetS) they must satisfy at least three of the five criteria below a

From: Associations between smoking, components of metabolic syndrome and lipoprotein particle size

Criteria Details
Raised blood pressure Systolic blood pressure (SBP) ≥130 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) ≥85 mmHg or use of blood pressure-lowering medication
Elevated glucose level Fasting blood glucose ≥5.6 mmol/l or use of blood glucose-lowering medication or diagnosis of type 2 diabetes
Decreased high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol <1.03 mmol/l in men or <1.30 mmol/l in women or lipid-lowering medical treatment
Elevated triglycerides ≥1.70 mmol/l or medication for elevated triglycerides
Abdominal obesity (increased waist circumference) ≥102 cm in men or ≥88 cm in women
  1. aIf body mass index (BMI) is ≥30 kg/m2, abdominal obesity can be assumed and waist circumference is not included as a criterion. A person with BMI ≥30 must satisfy at least two of the four other criteria to be defined as having MetS.