Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that raises the risk for heart diseases and other health issues, such as diabetes and stroke. The term "metabolic" refers to biochemical processes which are involved in the normal functioning of the individual. Risk factors include traits, habits, or conditions which increases the chance of developing a disease. Risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke increases with the number of metabolic risk factors. The risk of having metabolic syndrome is very closely linked to obesity and overweight and also lack of physical activity. Metabolic syndrome is becoming common due to the rise in obesity rate. In the near future, metabolic syndrome may overtake smoking as one of the leading risk factor for heart disease. It is possible to prevent metabolic syndrome, with lifestyle changes. A healthy lifestyle is a definitely a lifelong commitment. Successfully controlling metabolic syndrome needs long-term effort and also teamwork with health care providers.