Eating Nuts Cuts Metabolic Syndrome

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine claims a Mediterranean diet plus daily servings of nuts helps older heart patients manage metabolic syndrome. Of the two groups assigned a Mediterranean diet, the individuals eating nuts lowered their prevalence of metabolic syndrome by 13.7%, but the people told to consume olive oil only reduced their risk by 6.7%; HealthDay News investigates.

According to Dr. Fuhrman nuts, and seeds, are a natural part of the human diet. And nuts protect against heart disease and help lower cholesterol. But the Mediterranean diet is outdated. Back in the 1950s people eating the Mediterranean diet consumed a lot of saturated fat, primarily olive oil, but they also did manual labor. But now, with the help fast food, many people in the Mediterranean are fat just like us!

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Foodaroo - December 9, 2008 11:02 AM

Metabolic syndrome is the precursor to Type 2 diabetes for the ones with pot bellies. By the time the doctor diagnoses one as a Type 2 diabetic, almost 50% of the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin are already malfunction.

Signs of metabolic syndrome include big belly, low HDL, high LDL & VLDL, high bp, as well as insulin resistance. Testing for insulin resistance is not the same as testing for Type 2 diabetes. The first test is a random one whereas the latter one is a fasting one. Most doctors only test the latter one, and people who suspect that they are should inquire about this with their doctors.

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