Mediterranean Diet Helps Overcome Metabolic Syndrome
Researchers from the University Hospital of San Juan and the University of Rovira and Virgilio found: Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil, in contrary to a diet low in fat, reduces the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Risk lowering is associated with the diet and not with the weight loss or the calorie consumption.
The scientists analyzed data from a large study, which was attended by men and women aged from 55 to 80 years at a high risk of cardiovascular disease. The participants were divided into three groups. The first group adhered to a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil, the second one followed the Mediterranean diet with nuts and the third one had a diet low in fat. After some time, scientists have estimated that the Mediterranean diet has affected the health of volunteers. It turned out that it significantly reduces the risk of metabolic disorders.
64% out of 5801 participants will have some of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Statistics shows that about 25% of adults are affected by the issue. Symptoms of metabolic syndrome include a large waist, high blood pressure, low levels of "good" cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood sugar, which increases the risk of diabetes. Diagnosis was made in the presence of three or more symptoms.
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