home
RSS
Mediterranean diet cuts heart, diabetes risk factors
March 7th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

Mediterranean diet cuts heart, diabetes risk factors

By now, you've probably heard all the buzz about the Mediterranean diet, or perhaps you've tried it. Aside from helping to prevent the metabolic syndrome– a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes- a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says, the diet can have positive global effects on the individual risk factors: low HDL ("good") cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and a high blood sugar rate, as seen by your doctor through a blood test. In addition, waist size is a risk factor- a waist more than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men is of concern.

The syndrome is present when someone has three of those five risk factors.

"[The study is] one of the first studies that evaluated the role of Mediterranean diet on metabolic syndrome, and revealed a beneficial association- quite a big influence, taking into account that the Mediterranean diet is a non-pharmacological mean," said study author Demosthenes Panagiotakos, from the Department of Science of Dietetics-Nutrition at Harokopio University of Athens in Greece.

Take this test to see how well you're managing your diabetes

The researchers looked at over half a million people from 50 previous studies on the Mediterranean diet, which included people in Spain, Greece, the U.S., France, Sweden, Italy and Australia, among other countries.

They found the beneficial effects from diets rich in fruits and vegetables, olives and olive oil, low-fat dairy products and whole grain cereals. Other components included: a moderate daily intake of alcohol with meals- mostly from red wine; eating fish, poultry or tree nuts (like walnuts or cashews) weekly; and limiting eating red meat to about twice a month. The researchers say what's responsible are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Panagiotakos added that the diet includes all main food groups, but in a balanced way. The study notes physical activity is also an important part in preventing the risk factors for the metabolic syndrome.

Tips for managing your diabetes

The Mediterranean diet isn't just a little extra olive oil, noted Dr. Robert Eckel, an endocrinologist and past president of the American Heart Association.

"It's all these other components," Eckel said.

"I think the health professional needs to recognize that people that meet the criteria for the metabolic syndrome are at higher risk [for heart disease and diabetes] and we strongly recommend that lifestyle intervention is used to prevent the syndrome and also to modify its prevalence," he said.

According to the American Heart Association, data from 2003-2006 shows a third of adults age 20 and older met that criteria. And just a few years earlier, over 9 percent of adolescents ages 12-19 were classified as having the syndrome. That translates into 2.9 million young people.

But it's not only in the U.S.

"This is a global epidemic," Eckel emphasized. "This is not simply America. It's occurring throughout Mexico, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Australia and around the world."

Eckel said obesity is by far the largest issue responsible for the metabolic syndrome. According to the World Health Organization's 2008 figures, at least one in three of the world's adult population is overweight, and almost one in 10 people is obese. For children, the numbers are also sobering: 20 million kids under age 5 are overweight.

Panagiotakos concludes that this pattern of eating can be easily adopted by people of various cultures and populations.

"The macro-environment we are living promotes obesity in all age groups of people... the choice of a healthy diet, like the Mediterranean diet, is on our hands. Better eating (from childhood to older life) contributes to better quality of life," he said.


soundoff (998 Responses)
  1. check cashing near me

    I like it when folks come together and share opinions. Great website, keep it up!

    http://asynclabs.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bjsnearme.com

    June 17, 2021 at 20:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. wedding venues near me

    http://www.lifesite.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=quotenearme.com

    June 17, 2021 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. seafood market near me

    http://ww17.secretrecipeclub.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bjsnearme.com

    June 18, 2021 at 00:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. state parks near me

    https://www.philanthropy.org.au/?URL=wholesalenearme.com

    June 18, 2021 at 03:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. dogs for adoption near me

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely believe this website needs much more attention. Iíll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the info!

    http://www.customcutmetal.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bjsnearme.com/

    June 18, 2021 at 03:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. appliances near me

    https://affiliates.streamray.com/p/offsite.cgi?https://bestservicenearme.com

    June 18, 2021 at 04:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. dining near me

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this site.

    http://www.99bottlesofbeads.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bestservicenearme.com/

    June 18, 2021 at 06:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RV Repair Around Me

    http://faseb.org/pdfviewer?loadthis=https://ocrvluxurycoaches.com/rv-repair-shop-artesia-california

    June 18, 2021 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    Great info. Lucky me I recently found your website by chance (stumbleupon). I've saved as a favorite for later!

    http://accounts.cast.org/register.php?home=https://www.ocrvandtrucks.com/rv-repair-shop-temecula-california

    June 18, 2021 at 11:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Sprinter Repair Shop Near Me

    This website was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Cheers!

    http://localbusiness.nwfdailynews.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://www.ocrv.vip/rv-repair-shop-calabasas-california

    June 18, 2021 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. RV Repair Places Near Me

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you should publish more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo matter but usually people don't speak about such subjects. To the next! All the best!!

    https://www.studivz.net/Link/Dereferer/?http://ocrv.info/rv-repair-shop-el-segundo-california

    June 18, 2021 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. RV Repair Garden Grove

    http://www.jimwrightonline.com/php/tcpdf_php4/serverData.php?a%5B%5D=<a+href=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-la-palma-california

    June 18, 2021 at 14:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. sallys near me

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to revisit yet again since i have saved as a favorite it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

    https://metalib.haifa.ac.il/pds?func=sso&calling_system=metalib&url=http://quotenearme.com/

    June 18, 2021 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV Repair Near Me Now

    I blog quite often and I really appreciate your content. The article has really peaked my interest. I'm going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your Feed too.

    http://fr.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=http://www.stfly.me/J5UkxjW/

    June 18, 2021 at 20:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. RV Repair Shops Nearby

    Good article. I'm going through a few of these issues as well..

    http://www.studivz.net/Link/Dereferer/?ocrvluxurycoaches.com/motorhome-camera-repair-near-me/

    June 18, 2021 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. RV Repair Near Me

    I have to thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this blog. I really hope to view the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own website now 😉

    https://www.sv.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=ocrv.xyz/motorhome-fiberglass-repair-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 03:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Repair

    An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought me lunch because I found it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here on your blog.

    http://proteinaute.com/lib/request/redirect.php?url=ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-chula-vista-california

    June 19, 2021 at 03:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. nails near me

    http://snowflakesoft.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bestservicenearme.com

    June 19, 2021 at 03:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. RV Repair Garden Grove

    http://www.eportal.uspaacc.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://www.ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-couch-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 04:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    https://localbusiness.pressdemocrat.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://www.ocrv.biz/rv-repair-shop-fountain-valley-california/

    June 19, 2021 at 04:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. planet fitness near me

    http://www.hlsw.org/ajax/news_slides/default.php?link=https://www.nearmyspot.com

    June 19, 2021 at 06:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. bed bath and beyond near me

    Great web site you have got here.. Itís hard to find excellent writing like yours nowadays. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    https://pixel.everesttech.net/2966/cq?ev_sid=105&ev_ltx=&ev_lx=297619603931&ev_crx=31464282863&ev_mt=p&ev_dvc=c&url=https://bestlocalnearme.com

    June 19, 2021 at 08:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. RV Repair San Clemente California

    There is certainly a great deal to know about this issue. I really like all of the points you've made.

    http://board-en.drakensang.com/proxy.php?link=http://ocrvcenter.com/pop-up-trailer-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 09:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Repair

    http://www.patraeastmidlands.co.uk/fl/assets/v-vs0dp2/eucookie/cookie-info.php?next=https://www.duoservers.com

    June 19, 2021 at 12:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. RV Repair Garden Grove

    http://jp.local.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://ocrvart.com/rv-repair-shop-anaheim-california

    June 19, 2021 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. RV Repair Huntington Beach

    Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges. It was really informative. Your website is very useful. Thank you for sharing!

    https://www.cbts2.thischurch.org/mod/admin/view-image.php?i=/share/mod_news_images/2767.jpg&ru=http://ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-dent-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. auto parts stores near me

    There is definately a great deal to find out about this issue. I really like all the points you've made.

    http://edgard47e5.idblogz.com/5173349/everything-about-marketing

    June 19, 2021 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. RV Repair California

    http://directory.lufkindailynews.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-moreno-valley-california

    June 19, 2021 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. RV Repair Shop Near My Location

    http://www.creativecommons.org/choose/results-one?field_attribute_to_url=http://ocrv.us/rv-lighting-repair-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 19:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Nearest RV Repair

    https://bizfinder.registerguard.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://ocrv.art/tractor-truck-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 22:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. pharmacepticacom

    chloraquine https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Google Marketing Specialists

    https://www.rapid-facts.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 03:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Internet Marketing Consultants Near Me

    https://www.civitasinitiative.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 03:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Video Marketing Near Me

    Very good article. I certainly love this site. Continue the good work!

    https://oddsock.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 03:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Content Marketing Services

    An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a colleague who was conducting a little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I discovered it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this topic here on your blog.

    http://help.dedecms.com/plus/player/index.php?url=www.affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 03:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. SEO Marketing Firm

    I really like reading an article that can make people think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

    http://localbusiness.pressdemocrat.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 05:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Video Marketing Agencies

    Iím impressed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog thatís equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this in my search for something relating to this.

    http://paul-stanley.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 08:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Google Marketing Agency

    http://thecurrent.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 08:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Digital Marketing Businesses

    http://khazin.ru/redirect?url=www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 09:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Mariel Lall

    https://secure.duoservers.com/?lang=en&s_id=123179&rdomain=http://admirallakeandpond.com&action=order

    June 20, 2021 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Marcell Sweney

    https://clients1.google.com/url?sa=j&url=https://kandypens.com

    June 20, 2021 at 14:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Edward Anand

    http://www.lolinez.com/?kandypens.com

    June 20, 2021 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Dan Mcclane

    I couldnít resist commenting. Perfectly written!

    https://google.si/url?q=https://wholeloops.com

    June 20, 2021 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Morgan Mcnealy

    http://register.scotland.org/Subscribe/WidgetSignup?url=https://www.getmoneysocial.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Christopher Mangus

    https://www.fr.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=http://www.ocrvluxurycoaches.com

    June 20, 2021 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Irina Denmark

    http://it.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=ocrvandtrucks.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 20:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Walter Vaccarino

    http://register.scotland.org/Subscribe/WidgetSignup?url=http://www.spokanevalleyseo.com

    June 20, 2021 at 20:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Dusty Nordsiek

    https://www.ams.ceu.edu/optimal/optimal.php?url=http://www.taxdebtreliefhelpers.com/&refresh=1

    June 20, 2021 at 21:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. krogers near me

    I blog frequently and I genuinely appreciate your information. This great article has truly peaked my interest. I'm going to book mark your site and keep checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

    http://www.legendsbk.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bestlocalnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 00:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. RV Repair Shops Nearby

    That is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Short but very accurate informationÖ Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!

    http://mb.wendise.com/tools/thumbs.php?tds=3&trs=1&pid=videos&tid=bpgfr&pad=4px&cat=0&ts=156×117&tb=0px&tbc=FFFFFF&fs=12px&ff=Verdana&su=td&sl=ttm&tg=n&url=https://www.ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 00:51 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.