Vegetarian diet may lower risk for developing metabolic syndrome

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Individuals who consume a vegetarian diet have a lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than those who do not, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care.

After examining the diets of some 773 people, researchers found those adhering to a vegetarian dietary pattern were at a 56% lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than nonvegetarians, and that triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI) were all significantly lower in vegetarians than in non–vegetarians, even after adjusting for age, gender, ethnicity, smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, and dietary intake.

The incidence of metabolic syndrome was low in Vedic era. The weekly fast with no carbohydrate intake and vegetarian diet were all preventive.

The only example of probable metabolic syndrome in mythology was of Lord Ganesha with increased abdominal circumference with preference for eating sweets or laddoos. But Ganesha pooja is incomplete without the use of durva grass, consumption of bel, katha (cathechu) and jamun. In Ayurveda, these are known to posses anti-metabolic syndrome properties (insulin sensitizers).