The Difference Between Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

metabolic syndrome and diabetes

Often, patients are confused by the symptoms they experience are unsure what their health problem exactly is; they are especially confused between diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome. Here I am going to talk about the differences between Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes.

Metabolic Syndrome:

Metabolic Syndrome is a combination of a few factors like elevated LDL and triglyceride levels, elevated fasting blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, and low HDL or good cholesterol. This condition could lead to diabetes if you consistently experience high blood sugar levels. Again, if you have diabetes, you could also develop metabolic syndrome – heart disease is a known complication of diabetes. Metabolic Syndrome is a bit invisible. The only symptom you may see visibly is a growing waistline. High blood pressure can come into play as well.


If you only have elevated high blood sugar levels without abnormal cholesterol, you may have diabetes and not a metabolic syndrome. Diabetes is of two types: Type I, also called juvenile, early onset or insulin-dependent diabetes, where there is little to no insulin production by the pancreas, and Type II, or late-onset diabetes where the body is not able to effectively use the insulin secreted by the pancreas. Diabetics may also start experiencing other problems – often called complications of diabetes – like heart disease, failing eyesight (retinopathy), peripheral nerve disease and so on.

You could say that even if you have either of these conditions, it could lead to the other as well, in due time. A person with Metabolic Syndrome may experience a heart attack at any time or any form of a cardiovascular incident. So, regardless of whether you have Diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome, you need to seek medical help without any delay and begin significantly altering your lifestyle and take the right medication or supplements to manage the condition.

Keeping tabs on your blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and so on, is very important; we recommend patients to undergo a thorough checkup every six months.

If you have the slightest suspicion that you have either Metabolic Syndrome or Diabetes, please do not hesitate. Come down to our clinic and we can help you manage your condition naturally and in a noninvasive manner. Do get in touch with our patient care concierge. They will have a detailed talk with you, and tell you about how we work, what treatment options are available for you, and how we can help you – it’s free! Yes, you can schedule a complimentary consultation with our patient care concierge; just click on the link below and you will be all set:

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