Mediterranean Diet Helps Reduce Metabolic Syndrome Risks: Study

10 March, 2011 at 07:57 | Posted in Body & Mind, Science | Leave a comment
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By Cassie Ryan
Epoch Times Staff

The Mediterranean diet—foods traditionally consumed in coastal areas of Greece, Spain, and southern Italy—can help prevent and reverse metabolic syndrome (MS) and its components, according to a study published in the March 15 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Metabolic syndrome comprises several medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It afflicts up to 25 percent of Americans, according to Medical News Today (MNT), and incidence increases with age.

The Mediterranean diet typically includes high consumption of olive oil, fish, legumes, fruit and vegetables, moderate consumption of dairy products, and low consumption of meat.

Researchers from Greece and Italy carried out a meta-analysis on data from more than half a million participants in 50 previous studies to determine the effect of the Mediterranean diet on MS and its individual components, including blood pressure, waist size, and blood sugar levels.

Read more: Mediterranean Diet Helps Reduce Metabolic Syndrome Risks: Study | Health | Epoch Times

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