Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of factors that increases the chance of contracting heart disease, diabetes or stroke. These factors include high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, higher than average blood sugar, low levels of "good" HDL-cholesterol and high blood triglycerides. People with three or more of these conditions are generally considered to have metabolic syndrome. In effect, one can view metabolic syndrome as the body's version of an especially grim State of the Union address.
Men and women who said they did not regularly eat calcium rich foods had a 61% higher risk of having metabolic syndrome than those who said they frequently ate them.