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Metabolic Syndrome: The Silent Epidemic

Serious condition is linked to obesity, lack of exercise

An Ounce of Prevention

To lower your odds of developing the risk factors of metabolic syndrome, make sure your eating plan is full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

It makes perfect sense that the new dietary guidelines for Americans recommended three servings of whole grains each day. Studies have shown that whole grains can lower the risk of heart disease and certain cancers -- and now you can add metabolic syndrome to that list.

Eating whole grains can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, according to a study published Diabetes Care. Whole-grain carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables tend to be absorbed slowly by the body and help normalize blood sugar.

And wine lovers can rejoice; a glass or two per day is good for your health. The new dietary guidelines condone it -- and so does a study suggesting that a glass or two of wine may actually lower a person's risk for developing metabolic syndrome.

Moderation is key, though. The health benefits become risks if you overindulge and drink more than one or two glasses of wine a day.

Stay Active

Many studies have documented the effectiveness of physical activity along with a healthy diet. One study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that exercise and weight loss helped to reduce blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity in people with metabolic syndrome.

Exercise helps burn fat (especially around the waist), increases "good" cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

So add preventing metabolic syndrome to the long list of benefits that can result from a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

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