Western diet Is Associated with The Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

By Kyle J. Norton

The Western pattern diet or typical American diet is a modern dietary pattern associated with a high intake of processed foods, red meat, processed meat, fried and refined foods, and high-sugar.

The Western pattern diet has also been found to induce chronic diseases. Dr. Hariharan D, the lead scientist wrote, “Characteristics of the Western diet that fueled the obesity epidemic may also impact kidney disease incidence and progression. Enlarging portion sizes over the past half-century have been accompanied by increased intake of protein, sodium, and processed foods while consumption of fruits and vegetables has declined”.

And, “, the Western diet, characterized by high intake of red meat, animal fat, sweets, and desserts and low intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products, increases risk of chronic diseases”.

The results clearly suggested, if you are following a traditional diet with high fruits and vegetable and fewer in processed food, saturated and trans fat, and red meat accompanied with moderate exercise daily, you are at a substantially decreased risk of chronic disease, compared to those who follow the Western diet.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, including too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, triglycerides, and blood sugar, and low HDL cholesterol.

In other words, if you process 3 of the aforementioned conditions, you are at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. However, most people with metabolic syndrome have never developed
CVD and diabetes.

Other than high blood glucose, most patients with metabolic conditions are asymptomatic.

Epidemiologically, aging, ethnicity, obesity, medical condition such as diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome are most risk factors found in patients with the syndrome.

Green peas are species of Pisum Sativum belongings to the family Fabaceae and native to western Asia from the Mediterranean Sea to the Himalaya Mountains. The pea is a green, pod-shaped vegetable and a cool-season crop grown in many parts of the world.

On finding a potent ingredient for the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, researchers investigated the association between major dietary patterns and prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in individuals with impaired glucose tolerance.

The cross-sectional study included a total of 425 subjects 35 to 55 y of age. According to the returned food-frequency questionnaire from participants,

* The Western pattern with a high in sweets, butter, soda, mayonnaise, sugar, cookies, tail of a lamb, hydrogenated fat, and eggs was associated with greater odds of having increased triacylglycerol (odds ratio 1.76, 95% confidence interval 1.01-3.07) and blood pressure (odds ratio 2.62, 95% confidence interval 1.32-5.23).

* The prudent pattern with a high in fish, peas, honey, nuts, juice, dry fruits, vegetable oil, liver and organic meat, and coconuts and low in hydrogenated fat and non-leafy vegetables was associated with a prevalence of low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (odds ratio 0.55, 95% confidence interval 0.31-0.96).

* The vegetarian dietary pattern with a was inversely associated with a risk of an abnormal fasting blood glucose level (odds ratio 2.26, 95% confidence interval 1.25-4.06).

Based on the findings, researchers said, “Major dietary patterns were significantly associated with the risk of metabolic syndrome”.

Taken altogether, People who follow the Western diet are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes comapred to other dietary patterns.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Relationship between major dietary patterns and metabolic syndrome among individuals with impaired glucose tolerance by Amini M1, Esmaillzadeh A, Shafaeizadeh S, Behrooz J, Zare M. (PubMed)
(2) The Western Diet and Chronic Kidney Disease by Hariharan D1, Vellanki K, Kramer H. (PubMed)