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The Mediterranean food pattern: a good recipe for patients with the metabolic syndrome

  • C. A. Vidurrizaga-De Amezaga
  • M. A. Zulet
  • A. Marti
  • M. A. Martinez-Gonzalez
  • J. A. Martinez
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Abstract

The metabolic syndrome is a complex condition characterized by dyslipidaemia, high blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance and abdominal fat accumulation. Subjects with the metabolic syndrome are at high risk of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. A comprehensive approach is required for patients suffering this cluster of clinical manifestations. Indeed, subjects with the metabolic syndrome could benefit from life-style modifications, particularly through exercise and diet. In this article, the evidence regarding the role of diet, in particular the role of food patterns based on the Mediterranean-style diet, in preventing and treating the metabolic syndrome are reviewed.

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Mediterranean diet Metabolic syndrome Diet 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. A. Vidurrizaga-De Amezaga
    • 1
  • M. A. Zulet
    • 1
  • A. Marti
    • 1
  • M. A. Martinez-Gonzalez
    • 2
  • J. A. Martinez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Physiology and ToxicologyUniversity of NavarraPamplonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity of NavarraPamplonaSpain

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