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Table 1 ATP III clinical identification of metabolic syndrome [[3]]

From: Metabolic syndrome-breast cancer link varies by intrinsic molecular subtype

Risk factor

Defining level

Abdominal obesity, given as waist circumference*

Women > 88 cm


≥150 mg/dL

HDL – cholesterol

<50 mg/dL

Blood pressure

≥130/≥85 mm Hg

Fasting glucose

≥110 mg/dL

  1. *Overweight and obesity are associated with insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. However, the presence of abdominal obesity is more highly correlated with the metabolic risk factors than is an elevated BMI. Therefore, the simple measure of waist circumference is recommended to identify the body weight component of the metabolic syndrome.