Diet for Metabolic Syndrome
The Metabolic Syndrome consists of having any 3 out of these 5 criteria: elevated blood sugar (>100 mg/dl), blood pressure (>130/85), triglycerides (>150 mg/dl), waist circumference (over 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women measured at the level of the belly button) and low LDL (<40 mg/dl for men , <50 mg/dl for women). It affects almost 50 million adults in the U.S. or about one in four individuals.
Having Metabolic Syndrome is a significant risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s and more. Medical studies strongly favor the Mediterranean diet. This consists of lean meats, fish, moderate dairy, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, vegetables and fruits, good fats like olive oil, canola oil and flax. This diet is high in omega-3 oils that protect the heart and decrease inflammation in joints. It is based on low glycemic index foods. High glycemic index foods like white sugar white flour, and rice are avoided. Portion sizes are one of the secrets. For grains it would usually be Â½ of a whole wheat pita or tortilla per day. The Mediterranean Diet is not a low carb diet nor is it a high protein diet. It is a healthy balance of carbs, proteins and fats. It is the most researched diet in the medical literature for a variety of health concerns.
The Mediterranean diet and lifestyle changes have been proven to be more effective than using metformin, a commonly prescribed drug for blood sugar. Our lifestyle program, covered by most insurance, teaches people how to follow a Mediterranean diet of three meals and three snacks per day. We provide extensive recipes and menus. We follow progress through blood tests and measuring lean body mass and fat mass with bioimpedance analysis. See our success story video to hear about the Mediterranean diet in action for Metabolic Syndrome.