Blood test for metabolic syndrome

May 21, 2008 3:24:56 PM PDT
A blood test could help predict who will develop metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is something we've been hearing a lot about. It's a group of related disorders, such as obesity, high cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels, that can lead to a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

This new blood test found people with high levels of a type of damaged cholesterol were at greatest risk.

Experts say identifying metabolic syndrome as soon as possible could lead to preventing further damage.