We’ve long suspected this, and now a large study documents it: Adolescents who spend more time
doing sports and less time watching TV are at lower risk of having metabolic syndrome as adults.
A population-based study in Northern Sweden inquired into the activities of adolescents and matched the
questionnaire responses against their health status as adults. TV watching habits and leisure-time physical
activity correlated significantly not only with later metabolic syndrome, but also with individual contributing
factors such as hypertension and triglyceridemia.
RESULT: Television Viewing and Low Leisure-Time Physical Activity in Adolescence Independently Predict
the Metabolic Syndrome in Mid-Adulthood
Diabetes Care | Jun 25, 2013
In trying to reduce visceral fat, which has the greater influence: calorie deficit, dietary quality, or
physical exercise?Researchers in the Department of Medicine, Institute of Cardiology, and Lipid
Research Center at Laval University in Quebec have sought the answer in an intervention study of
93 viscerally obese men with metabolic syndrome who used the DASH (Dietary Approaches to
Stop Hypertension) diet. Their results attest that merely counting calories is not the best strategy
for weight loss.