Diagnosis of metabolic syndrome does not necessarily correlate directly to a diagnosis of a specific disease. This diagnosis links several health risks with obesity and the other syndrome criteria. It is not a prediction of a short-term risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Those with this syndrome have a high lifetime risk for these diseases. The American Heart Association reports that the individual's short-term risk (approximately 10 years) is in the low to moderate range. The metabolic syndrome diagnosis urges patients to work with their physicians and other professionals to take steps to decrease their risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.