Physiology in medicine: Update on lifestyle determinants of postprandial triacylglycerolemia with emphasis on the mediterranean lifestyle

Maria I. Maraki, Labros S. Sidossis

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This review updates the effect of lifestyle on plasma triacylglycerols (TAG) in the postprandial state, commonly reported as postprandial lipemia (PPL), an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Numerous studies have shown that Mediterranean diet may reduce PPL. However, most of these studies were focused on the type of fat (i.e., monounsaturated fat from olive oil), and the other components of the Mediterranean lifestyle were neglected. Physical activity, an integral part of this lifestyle, is widely investigated on its own and shown to reduce PPL. In addition, preliminary results of studies examining other Mediterranean “ingredients”, such as legumes, fish, and herbs, showed additional benefits; however, data on the long-term effects are limited. More studies are needed to confirm short-term results and investigate the effects of the whole Mediterranean lifestyle on PPL and whether these effects mediate its protective role on CVD. Moreover, investigation of the effects in nonhealthy populations and the underlying mechanisms would be clinically helpful in individualizing the appropriate intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E440-E449
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 4 2015



  • Diet
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Olive
  • Physical activity
  • Triglycerides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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