SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean-style Mediterranean diet developed by a local research team helped prevent cardiovascular disease by improving dyslipidemia indices, research showed Thursday.
A research team from the Gangnam Severance Hospital offered a Korean-style Mediterranean diet to 92 hyperlipidemia patients for 10 weeks and carried out tracking observations.
The Korean-style Mediterranean diet consisted of carbohydrates, fat and protein in a 5:3:2 ratio. Compared to a general diet, the Korean-style Mediterranean diet reduced the proportion of carbohydrates, while increasing the ratio of fat and protein.
The patients who followed the Korean-style Mediterranean diet saw their average weight and waist size decline by 1.76 kilograms and 1.73 centimeters.
In contrast, the general diet group marked a decline of 0.26 kilograms in average weight and 0.15 centimeters in waist size.
The Korean-style Mediterranean diet group also showed a meaningful reduction in dyslipidemia indices, including total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood and steatosis index.
They also saw declines in other body inflammation indices, including leukocyte value, fasting blood sugar, and insulin resistant index.
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