You are considered to have metabolic syndrome if you have, or are taking medications to treat, 3 of the following 5 conditions:
- A waist line of 40 inches or more inches in men or 35 or more inches in women.
- Blood pressure of 135/85 or greater.
- Prediabetes or diabetes.
- Triglyceride level of 150 or greater.
- HDL (high density lipoprotein) level less than 40mg/dl in men or 50 mg/dl in women.
The latest medical research suggests that people with metabolic syndrome have high levels of fats and sugars in their blood which damages the nerves in the feet and legs. Metabolic syndrome is an extremely common condition and is thought to make people more prone to develop peripheral neuropathy.