Friday, November 7, 2008

Exercise, Calcium Rich Diet Could Cut Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome

“Adopting daily exercise sessions and a calcium-rich diet could reduce the risk of a group of health risk factors called the metabolic syndrome, finds a new study of Illinois adults. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of symptoms large abdominal girth, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and insulin insensitivity that together signal a significantly higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. ‘As with many health conditions, when the good behaviors are absent, the condition is more prevalent,’ said Adam Reppert, lead study author. Reppert is a clinical dietitian at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. The study appears in the November/December issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. ‘We found that metabolic syndrome was more prevalent in the older, less affluent population, in people with less education and in those who engaged in less physical activity, consumed calcium-rich foods less frequently and had hypertension and hypercholesterolemia,’ Reppert said. The researchers found that adults who reported little or no daily exercise had nearly twice the risk of developing the condition. For those with metabolic syndrome, a diagnosis does not mean they are destined for diabetes or heart disease. Rather, it is an opportunity for patients ‘to intervene to prevent heart disease or diabetes, because once you have those things they are irreversible, although manageable,’ Reppert said.”

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