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Reducing Your Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
by Diane Safer, PhD
Changing your lifestyle and taking better care of yourself can lower your risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
If You Are Overweight, Lower Your Weight
Eat Healthy Foods
The Mediterranean diet is one diet that may help to reduce your risk of developing metabolic syndrome. This diet emphasizes plant-based foods like fruits, veggies, grains, and olive oil. It also highlights low-to-moderate amounts of fish, poultry, and dairy products.
Increase Your Physical Activity
See Your Doctor
Other Ways to Reduce Your Risk
Work with your doctor to:
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Last reviewed June 2016 by James Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 7/15/2015
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