Another Win For The Mediterranean Diet

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A Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts may help reverse many of the ills of a modern lifestyle.

About one in four people have what’s called metabolic syndrome.

This is when three or more factors — such as large waist circumference, high blood pressure, low HDL-cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides and high blood sugar — increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and death.

Now a a clinical trial, based on a large sample size in Europe, published in CMAJ (the Canadian Medical Association Journal) indicates that metabolic syndrome may be reversed using a Mediterranean diet.

The Spanish researchers say both a Mediterranean diet and a low-fat diet are associated with a significant rate of reversion of metabolic syndrome

A Mediterranean diet is based on dietary patterns in southern Europe and includes olive oil, cereals, fruit, vegetables, fish, small amounts of dairy, some wine and small amounts of grilled meat.

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