Metabolic Syndrome reversed by Mediterranean diet.

diet is defined as the presence of three or more factors such as large waist circumference, , low HDL-cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides and high blood sugar. The syndrome has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and death.

The findings, from a clinical trial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, may help reverse the condition, as it was determined that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra or nuts helps reverse the condition.

The included 5801 people; 64% (3707) had at the start of the study.
After a median follow up period of 4.8 years, the researchers found that people in the two Mediterranean decreased their central obesity and and 958 participants (28.2%) no longer met the criteria of .

“In this large, multicentre, randomized clinical trial involving people with high cardiovascular , a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra- was associated with a smaller increase in the prevalence of compared with advice on following a low-fat diet,” writes Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Human Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universitat Rovira i Virgili and Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus, IISPV, Reus, Spain, with coauthors.


Nancy Babio, Estefanía Toledo, Ramón Estruch, Emilio Ros, Miguel A. Martínez-González, Olga Castañer, Mònica Bulló, Dolores Corella, Fernando Arós, Enrique Gómez-Gracia, Valentina Ruiz-Gutiérrez, , José Lapetra, Rosa M. Lamuela-Raventos, Lluís Serra-Majem, Xavier Pintó, Josep Basora, José V. Sorlí, Jordi Salas-Salvadó. Mediterranean diets and status in the PREDIMED randomized trial. CMAJ, October 2014 DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.140764

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