What are the NCEP/ATP III criteria for metabolic syndrome?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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NCEP/ATP III criteria for the diagnosis of the metabolic syndrome include the following (diagnosis is made when three or more are present):

  • Waist circumference of more than 102 cm in men or more than 88 cm in women

  • Fasting triglyceride level of 150 mg/dL or higher

  • Blood pressure level of 130/85 mm Hg or higher

  • High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) level of less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women

  • Fasting glucose level of 110 mg/dL or higher (which has been changed to 100 mg/dL to reflect revised criteria for impaired fasting glucose [IFG])

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