Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of health problems included too much fat around the waist, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and low HDL cholesterol that increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
*Too much fat around the waist is a condition found in people who eat too much of carbohydrates and exercise too little, leading to the gain of weight around the waist.
* High blood pressure or hypertension
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. High blood pressure means raising the pressure in your heart. If the condition stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.
High blood pressure can be preventable. Some researchers suggested if you can control your diet, making changes to lifestyle, and maintaining an ideal weight, you could do just fine without the drugs.
* High blood cholesterol or hyperlipidemia occurs when the excess cholesterol that use to build cell walls, make hormones and vitamin D and create bile salts to help you digest fat cannot be returned to the liver caused by either over-expression of low-density lipoprotein (HLD) or low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HLD).
* High blood glucose or hyperglycemia found in diabetics occurs when the blood glucose level is too high caused by either insufficient levels of insulin produced by the body or inability of the body to use insulin properly, leading to the rise of blood sugar.
* High blood triglycerides
Triglycerides stored in the fat cells is a result of the body that converts extra calories that don't need to use right away into triglycerides.
High blood triglyceride is a condition of over-expression fat in the blood. Most common causes of high blood triglycerides are physically inactive, eating foods that are high in fat and sugar, processed food and red meat and long-term excessive alcohol drinking.
Some medication such as medicines used for the treatment of breast cancer, high blood pressure, HIV, may also raise blood triglycerides.
In other words, if you have 3 of the aforementioned conditions, your metabolic risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes are considered higher compared to those who do not.
The small, white navy bean, also called pea bean or haricot, popular in both dry and green forms, is very popular in Britain and the US, native to Peru. It is now grown and consumed across the world, due to their numerous health benefits.
On finding a potential compound for the treatment of metabolic syndrome, researchers determined the effect of commercially available ready-to-eat canned navy beans added to the habitual diet on risk factors associated with obesity.
The experiment included 14 overweight and obese adults consumed 5 cups of canned navy beans per week for 4 weeks.
Based on the tested results,
* Bean consumption over the period reduced waist circumference in females by 2.5 cm and males by 2.1 cm (P < 0.001).
* The pulse rate, total cholesterol (TC), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) were also reduced but sex-dependent. More precisely, in males, pulse rate, TC, and LDL were decreased by 6.5%, 11.5%, and 18%, respectively. In females, the pulse rate increased by 9.6%, and TC and LDL were relatively unchanged.
These results strongly suggested that navy bean has a strong implication in decreasing the risk of the metabolic syndrome in male compared to female.
* Furthermore, levels of glucose also showed a trend of decreasing in response to a glucose load.
After taking other factors into account, Dr. Luhovyy BL, the lead scientist said, "consuming 5 cups per week of ready-to-eat canned navy beans for 4 weeks reduces metabolic risk factors associated with obesity and therefore can be used as a tool in dietetic practice".
Taken altogether, Navy bean used alone or combined with conventional medicine may be considered a remedy for the prevention and treatment of metabolic risk, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.
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(1) Canned Navy Bean Consumption Reduces Metabolic Risk Factors Associated with Obesity by Luhovyy BL1, Mollard RC2, Panahi S2, Nunez MF2, Cho F2, Anderson GH. (PubMed)
(2) Regular consumption of pulses for 8 weeks reduces metabolic syndrome risk factors in overweight and obese adults by Mollard RC1, Luhovyy BL, Panahi S, Nunez M, Hanley A, Anderson GH. (PubMed)
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