The Mediterranean diet helps against the metabolic syndrome

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Mediterranean diet against metabolic syndrome, or how I fight you all that series of metabolic factors that put a subject at serious cardiovascular risk

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Mediterranean Diet against metabolic syndrome, or how I fight you all that series of metabolic factors that put a subject to serious cardiovascular risk simply with the diet par excellence.

Cereals (preferably whole) and legumes, fruit and vegetables and olive oil, therefore: the benefits of the Mediterranean diet are innumerable and it has already been highlighted how it is useful not only for prevent heart attacks e stave off Alzheimer's and senile dementia, but also ad lower chronic inflammation and therefore to protect us from all those diseases that develop precisely on an inflammatory basis. An all-round beneficial diet, therefore, that is worth adopting.

According to one Spanish study published online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), in short, the Mediterranean diet helps the heart and arteries and its action is effective against the so-called metabolic syndrome, a series of metabolic imbalances to be categorized as cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes and early death .
The syndrome in general it is diagnosed when three or more than five risk factors are present: large waist, high blood pressure, low good cholesterol (or HDL) levels, high triglycerides and high blood sugar.

OUR OFFICE - Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvado, professor of nutrition at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili and the Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus in Spain, compared - in a survey involving 6 men and women at risk for the diseases heart disease - a low-fat diet with a Mediterranean diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, fish and extra virgin olive oil and found that the Mediterranean diet increased the chances of "literally reversing the metabolic syndrome ", such as explains Salvado himself.



The results actually showed that those who followed the Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil were 35% more likely to reverse the condition compared to those following a low-fat diet. And the Mediterranean diet supplemented with walnuts was 28% more likely to reverse the metabolic syndrome.

The beneficial health effects would arise from some substances present in the ingredients of the Mediterranean diet and, among these, the monounsaturated fatty acids (found in olive oil), they can replace saturated fatty acids. This alone helps improve cholesterol profile and insulin sensitivity, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.



One more piece, therefore, in favor of the queen diet of our country, which is never denied as the best way to maintain and improve our health!

Germana Carillo

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