You’ve probably heard my mantra for a healthy diet (borrowed from author Michael Pollan): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” To expand on this, we can look to the Mediterranean diet — that style of eating that is based on whole grains, vegetables, nuts, legumes (beans), and smaller amounts of animal-based protein.
In recent years, medical researchers have recognized some common denominators in chronic degenerative diseases: insulin resistance, long-term inflammation, high blood pressure, and cholesterol imbalance (to name a few). In fact, several of these factors have been grouped together to form metabolic syndrome, a constellation of symptoms including at least 3 of the following 5 conditions:
- Fasting blood sugar (glucose) ≥100 mg/dL
- Blood pressure ≥130/85 mm Hg
- Triglycerides ≥150 mg/dL
- HDL-C (“good cholesterol”) <