Home > General Medicine > What is The Metabolic Syndrome? Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Dec 25, 2008 by SHughes, Views: 2787 What is the metabolic syndrome: Suzanne Hughes, MSN, RN, the director of patient and community education at Robinson Memorial Hospital. The metabolic syndrome puts you at increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It is a group of findings including hypertension, an abnormal level of blood glucose, central obesity- apple shaped, trigylceride level >150 and an HDL < 40.