March 7th, 2011
Meta-Analysis Finds Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Metabolic Syndrome
The Mediterranean diet may be a potent weapon in the battle to halt the growth of metabolic syndrome (MS), a new meta-analysis suggests. Christina-Maria Kastorini and colleagues performed a meta-analysis on 50 studies including nearly 535,000 participants. In their paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, they report that adherence to the Mediterranean diet was closely tied to a reduced risk of MS and its individual components, and included beneficial effects on waist circumference, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, diastolic and systolic blood pressure, and glucose.
The authors concluded that their “results are of considerable public health importance, because this dietary pattern can be easily adopted by all population groups and various cultures and cost-effectively serve for the primary and secondary prevention of the MS and its individual components.”
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