Apart from the diagnostic criteria, MetS has also been associated with other risk factors including waist to hip ratio, high density lipoprotein dysfunction, small dense low density lipoprotein, postprandial hypertriglyceridaemia, lipoprotein (a), uric acid, liver function tests, prothrombotic factors, cytokines, adipokines, vitamin D, arterial stiffness, renal dysfunction, nephrolithiasis, polycystic ovary syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea.
We discuss the extensive list of MetS-associated factors that may influence vascular risk. Furthermore, we discuss the impact of frequently prescribed drugs (e.g. hypolipidaemic agents) on these variables. These effects may need to be taken into consideration when treating MetS patients.