Are you one of those people who wolf down their food at every meal?
Well, you might want to slow down - preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017 revealed that people who eat slowly are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, while those who eat fast are more likely to develop the serious health condition.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of heart disease, diabetes and stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high triglycerides and/or low cholesterol, high fasting blood sugar and abdominal obesity, the Japanese researchers explained. Read on for the full findings of this interesting research...
Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X, is a collection of metabolic disorders
Metabolic syndrome is also referred to as syndrome X. It occurs when you have any three risk factors of heart disease
and stroke. When you present these conditions together, your chances for future cardiovascular disease is higher than if you only presented one factor alone.
It’s already well established that gobbling up your food can harm your waistline, but this new research is the first to tie eating too fast to metabolic syndrome...
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New research ties eating too fast to a higher risk of metabolic syndrome
To reach their findings, the researchers looked at 642 men and 441 women who were 51.2 years old on average in 2008. None of these people had metabolic at the start of the study. The researchers divided them into three groups depending on how they described their usual eating speed: Slow, normal or fast.
After five years, the researchers concluded that fast eater were 11.6% more likely to have developed metabolic syndrome than normal eaters (6.5%) or slow eaters (2.3%). They also associated faster eating speed with a larger waistline, more weight gain and higher blood glucose.
“Eating more slowly may be a crucial lifestyle change to help prevent metabolic syndrome,” said Takayuki Yamaji, MD, study author and cardiologist at Hiroshima University in Japan. “When people eat fast they tend not to feel full and are more likely to overeat. Eating fast causes bigger glucose fluctuation, which can lead to insulin resistance.”
The takeaway? Slow down and savour every mouthful – it can help you prevent metabolic syndrome.
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