People who ate slowly were less likely to be obese or develop metabolic syndrome, according to a Japanese study.
Metabolic syndrome occurs when someone has any of three risk factors that include abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and/or low HDL cholesterol, said Japanese researchers at Hiroshima University.
Researchers found that Fast eaters were more likely (11.6%) to have developed metabolic syndrome than normal eaters (6.5%) or slow eaters (2.3%).
The metabolic syndrome is a combination of disorders that increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and strokes, those disorders include high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar, and low HDL cholesterol levels.
They can all be harmful on their own, but if they’re diagnosed together, then the chance of developing cardiovascular problems goes up even further.
“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,” cardiologist Takayuki Yamaji, from Hiroshima University in Japan said. [The Peninsula]