Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together and has been shown to greatly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
A recent analysis of the PREMIMED trial showed that patients with established metabolic syndrome who adhered to a Mediterranean diet were more likely to reverse their disease.
The PRIMIMED study placed patient on either:
- Mediterranean diet—one supplemented with about 1 L of extra-virgin olive oil a week, and one supplemented with 30 g/day of walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds
- diet low in fat intake from all sources.
The researchers found that more of the patients with Metabolic syndrome on the Mediterranean diet had full remission of the disease
As may of you know, I am a big proponent of the Mediterranen Diet. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating fruits, vegetables, and seeds, many of which contain minerals, polyphenols, and other phytochemicals that combat oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistance,