Why Do Some People Have A Bad Diet and Still Live a Long Life?

My grandfather ate bread sugar, drank alcohol and smoked his entire life and he lived to be over 90 years old. I thought that if we consume these foods we’re supposed to die early.  How do you explain that?

Dr. Berg explains, we are all born with different genes. Some people have highly robust genes that can withstand much more than others.

Other people develop metabolic issues early in life and are not able to consume unhealthy foods without them having a tremendously negative effect on their health.

It is possible to eat unhealthily and live a long life. However, very few people are able to do this without experiencing serious health consequences.

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High Insulin Causes Insulin Resistance.

Metabolic syndrome (Metabolic Syndrome X) is when your cholesterol is too high, you have insulin resistance, you have high blood sugar, high blood pressure, central obesity.

Metabolic syndrome should really be called hyperinsulinemia syndrome.  The conventional view point is that insulin resistance leads to increased insulin. Is that actually true? Is it the insulin resistance that causes high insulin or is it the high insulin that causes insulin resistance?

To figure this out observe what happens after gastric bypass wherethey are bypassing part of the small intestine, which is one part of the body that affects insulin. The other part is the pancreas but there’s something in the small intestine that activates insulin. So when you do gastric bypass you correct part of the high insulin problem, you reduce insulin. They find after this procedure that it reverses type-2 diabetes by 83 %. It also reverses high blood pressure by 63 % as well as reversing high cholesterol by 61 %.

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Diabetes type 2, (high blood sugar), hypertension and cholesterol is Syndrome X. Reducing insulin also improves sleep apnea,polycystic ovarian syndrome, fatty liver, GERD (like acid reflux) and even joint pain. This study that I’m basing this on is this very interesting because they looked at 423 other studies but focused on 58 of the ones that actually measured insulin. The direct finding was if you reduce insulin you produced changes with so many different conditions. Metabolic syndrome (Syndrome X) includes several diseases or shall we say symptoms of this high insulin.

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When you have high insulin over a period of time the body is going to start to resist it, the insulin receptors are going to start to resist that high-level. It is high insulin that causes the insulin resistance. Once you have insulin resistance, the bio-feedback loops will further raise insulin but only if you keepconsuming the things that trigger insulin carbohydrates, frequent eating.

In type 2 diabetes you have insulin resistance and you also have high insulin for a period of time until the cells that make insulin get weaker and weaker and weaker and your blood sugar’s go higher and higher and higher. So you initially have high insulin and it goes lower.

In obesity you have high insulin as well but you could also have diabetes type 2 and not be overweight you can be skinny and still have insulin. Why is this so important? Well if it is true that high insulin leads to insulin resistance that leads to pre-diabetes and then diabetes thenit would be very important to actually measure insulin early on and not only focus on blood sugars. Identifying through a blood test what your insulin is doing would be the best indicator to predict and even prevent insulin resistance as well as pre-diabetes and diabetes.

But unfortunately there are certain doctors are focused primarily on the blood sugars and the bigger problem of that not understanding this concept is to eventually start prescribing insulin to a diabetic type 2.

Think about this, if you have hyperthyroidism, you have too much thyroid hormones would you give that patient more thyroid hormones. Or you have a hyper cortisol problem it’s called Cushing’s would you give that patient high cortisol? Of course not but you would only know if they had high cortisol or high thyroid hormone or high insulin if you tested it unfortunately that’s rarely tested.

In summary, it’s high insulin that occurs way before the pre-diabetes and diabetes. A person will not have high blood sugars for many years but they may have a lot of other problems that will then be treated separately like they do with the lipids and high blood pressure and a lot of these other things.

The things that trigger insulin are primarily the over consumption of carbohydrates and the frequent eating and the snacking that people are involved with to prevent their blood sugars from dropping.

This post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s Post Metabolic Syndrome Should Really Be Called Hyperinsulinemia Syndrome https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1gB0RTqi-I

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Part One: Ketogenic Diets Are Uniquely Potent For Improving Your Health.

Do you have an excessive waist circumference, high triglycerides, low HDL, fatty plaques in your arteries, hypertension etc.?

Topics Addressed:

  1. Current diet recommendations & unintended consequences
  2. Insulin resistance = carbohydrate intolerance
  3. Over-consumption of carbohydrate as a driver of chronic disease
  4. Nutritional Ketosis as a potent therapy to restore metabolic health
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  1. Current diet recommendations & unintended consequences

The 2015 guidelines it demonized saturated fat and still promoting relatively high carbohydrate diets as a result we have an obesity and diabetes epidemic.

The diet heart hypothesis is if you over consume fat in particular saturated fat it raise your cholesterol and raise your heart disease.

The unintended consequences of this obsession with fat in this country and decreasing fat resulted in turn with an over consumption of carbohydrate. It’s this excessive amount of carbohydrate that people are eating that are leading to an alternative problem of metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes which puts a lot of people on the fast path to developing type 2 diabetes which in turn increases risk for heart disease.   The more carbs you eat the more you suppress your own body’s ability to access and utilize fat for fuel.

Following the guidelines has resulted in added sugars and a lot of processed starches and grains and cereals. That consumption is the primary cause of the obesity and diabetes epidemic, most non-commutable chronic disease and probably driving cancer too.

Dr. Volek is most interested in diabetes in part because of the statistics on diabetes and prediabetes published in JAMA in2016. It showed that one half of adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes.

The general consensus among the healthcare industry and physicians is that diabetes is a chronic progressive disease that it can’t be reversed and that is not the case. It’s caused by over consumption of carbohydrate, it can be reversed by bringing carbohydrate down into an appropriate range, which for many diabetics means a ketogenic diet.

Metabolism: When we eat a typical meal that has carbohydrate in it, that meal may have easily a hundred grams of carbs in it. That is about ten times what we have in our blood. We only have one to two teaspoons of blood sugar and throughout our entire circulatory system. The body has ways to dispose of that glucose and if you’re processing that carb meal in a healthy way the majority of that glucose gets taken up into skeletal muscle through an insulin mediated process and it gets oxidized eventually. It may be temporarily stored as glycogen but we have a finite capacity to store glycogen.

  1. Insulin resistance = carbohydrate intolerance

What happens if your insulin resistance though?The primary characteristic many tests are based on is insulin mediated glucose uptake into cells. If you can’t get the glucose into muscle where does it go? The only other pathway that glucose can be metabolized is into fat. That happens in the liver, so if you are insulin resistant the majority of carbohydrates that you’re consuming actually takes an alternative path where a greater proportion of it gets converted to saturated fat. It gets packaged into a VLDL particle and released into the blood. What you see in type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, you see not just higher triglycerides in the blood but if you look at the composition of those VLDL particles they’re enriched in saturated fatty acids. A lot of that gets de-saturated to a 16:1 or palmitoleic acid. That is highly associated with risk for diabetes and other chronic problems.

  1. Over-consumption of carbohydrate as a driver of chronic disease

Most people are consuming carbohydrates above their tolerance.  The result is metabolic syndrome. The signs are: excessive waist circumference, high triglycerides, low HDL, fatty plaques in the arteries, hypertension etc.

Please see the image of the insulin resistance continuum.

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The insulin resistance is as a form of carbohydrate intolerance. It’s a continuum where people on the far end of the spectrum, that are carb tolerant, may be able to tolerate very low-fat high-carbohydrate diets and remain insulin sensitive and there’s other people at the other end of the continuum and a whole lot of people in between. It even changes over the lifespan, as we get older and enter into middle-age and beyond tolerate carbs less effectively so we’re more carb intolerant.

If you’re burning fat you don’t rely on insulin. Burning fatty acids and ketones are independent of insulin.  It is a healthier fuel to be burning the vast majority of time.  The more carbs you eat the more you inhibit fat burning and you become dependent carbs as your primary fuel source.

There is nothing comes close to a ketogenic diet in terms of enhancing the body’s ability to burn fat and ketones.

The body has developed this system to be able to maintain perfect inner organs fuel exchange in the context of low carbohydrate availability. The term I (Volek) like to use is keto-adaptation to describe this process of switching all the cellular machinery over to being able to accommodate fatty acid as the primary fuel and ketones.

There’s a lot of health benefits associated with keto-adaptation. Obesity, chronic diseases, neurological conditions and cancer are much easier to manage with the ketogenic diet. Type-2 diabetes can be reversed with the ketogenic diet.

What is the ketogenic diet?

See the slide of how it differs from other low carb diets.

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It is low in carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are probably the primary macronutrient that drives ketosis but protein is also anti Ketogenic. A ketogenic diet is limited in carbs and protein. Fat doesn’t really factor in that much in terms of inducing ketosis so fat can be high it can be low it can be moderate depending on if weight loss or weight maintenances is desired. The Ketogenic diet is very tasty and very satiating.

What does the ketogenic diet look like in terms of macronutrients?

Please see the image of where calories come from.

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Carbs are 5% up to 10% of your calories if you trying to loose weight. Make sure you are getting 10-15 grams of non-starchy vegetables, and one or two ounces and nuts will give another 5-10 grams and even some fruits such as berries, avocados or tomatoes.  The limit of what induces ketosis is highly variable, diabetics need to be generally closer to 30 or 35 or 40 grams of carbs, whereas some athletes can have more. (One gram of carbs is 4 calories). It is best to measure ketones to know because there’s no magic number here that works for everyone.

Please see the image of Ketone levels.

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The real key here is the numbers if you’re eating carbs above 50 grams of carbs for most people you’re likely not more than point to maybe point 1 millimolar in the blood. It might be a bit higher after an overnight fast.

Nutritional ketosis (very low-carb diet) ranges from1 up to 5 millimolar.

Working with your doctor, Type 1 diabetics may reduce the levels of insulin required.

When you’re in ketosis the brain can extract about two-thirds of its energy from ketones and is protected from low blood sugar.

Next week we will continue with point four Nutritional Ketosis as a potent therapy to restore metabolic health

This Post has been condensed from the original: Ketones: From Toxic to Therapeutic to Ergogenic with Jeff S. Volek, PhD, RD  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRoifq_lWZA

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OBESITY: Is it hiding a bigger problem? A doctor blamed his patient. Please listen to his tearful apology.

The following are the highlights of the video. I urge you to watch the video, the link is at the end of this Post.

Dr. Peter Attia says, I’ll never forget that day.

I was a surgical resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital,taking emergency call. I got paged by the E.R. around 2 in the morning to come and see a woman with a diabetic ulcer on her foot.

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The question that was being asked of me was a did she also need an amputation?

I’d love so desperately to believe that I treated that woman on that night with empathy and compassion but I stood in the E.R. and determined that my diabetic patient did indeed need an amputation.

Why did I hold her in such bitter contempt? You see this woman had type 2 diabetes. She was fat.

And we all know that’s from eating too much and not exercising enough, right? I mean, how hard can it be?

As I looked down at her in the bed, I thought to myself, if you just tried caring even a little bit, you wouldn’t be in this situation at this moment with some doctor you’ve never met about to amputate your foot.

Why did I feel justified in judging her? Because I thought I had her all figured out. She ate too much. She got diabetes. Case closed.

I never once questioned the conventional wisdom.

Three years later, I found out how wrong I was.

But this time, I was the patient.

Despite exercising three or four hours every single day, and following the food pyramid to the letter, I’d gained a lot of weight and developed something called metabolic syndrome.

I had become insulin-resistant. You can think of insulin as this master hormone that controls what our body does with the foods we eat, whether we burn it or store it, (fuel partitioning).

Now failure to produce enough insulin is incompatible with life. Insulin resistance is when your cells get increasingly resistant to the effect of insulin trying to do its job.

Once you’re insulin-resistant, you’re on your way to getting diabetes, which is what happens when your pancreas can’t keep up with the resistance and make enough insulin.

Now your blood sugar levels start to rise, which can lead to heart disease, cancer, even Alzheimer’s disease, and amputations.

With that scare, I got busy changing my diet. I lost 40 pounds, weirdly while exercising less. I’m not overweight anymore. I don’t have insulin resistance.

Most researchers believe obesity is the cause of insulin resistance. If you want to treat insulin resistance, you get people to lose weight, right?

But what if we have it backwards? What if obesity is a coping mechanism for a far more sinister problem going on underneath the cell?

Insulin resistance is the reduced capacity of our cells to partition fuel.  When we become insulin-resistant, the insulin says to a cell, I want you to burn more energy than the cell considers safe, the cell, in effect, says,

“No thanks, I’d actually rather store this energy.”

And because fat cells are actually missing most of the complex cellular machinery found in other cells, it’s probably the safest place to store it. We become fat.

This is a really subtle distinction. Consider the following analogy: Think of the bruise you get on your shin when you inadvertently bang your leg into the coffee table. Sure, the bruise hurts like hell, and you almost certainly don’t like the discolored look, but the bruise is not the problem.

In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s a healthy response to the trauma, all of those immune cells rushing to the site of the injury to salvage cellular debris and prevent the spread of infection to elsewhere in the body.

Now, imagine we thought bruises were the problem, and we evolved a giant medical establishment and a culture around treating bruises: masking creams, painkillers, etc., all the while ignoring the fact that people are still banging their shins into coffee tables.

How much better would we be if we treated the cause – move the coffee table so people don’t injure themselves – rather than the effect?

Getting the cause and the effect right makes all the difference in the world. Getting it wrong, and the pharmaceutical industry can still do very well for its shareholders but nothing improves for the people with bruised shins.  Cause and effect.

We have the cause and effect wrong on obesity and insulin resistance. Maybe we should be asking ourselves, is it possible that insulin resistance causes weight gain and the diseases associated with obesity, at least in most people?

What if being obese is just a metabolic response to something much more threatening, an underlying epidemic?

So what if we’re fighting the wrong war, fighting obesity rather than insulin resistance?

Even worse, what if blaming the obese means we’re blaming the victims?

What if some of our fundamental ideas about obesity are just wrong?

What is a cell is trying to protect itself from when it becomes insulin resistant, the answer probably isn’t too much food. It’s more likely too much glucose: blood sugar.

Now, we know that refined grains and starches elevate your blood sugar in the short run, and there’s even reason to believe that sugar may lead to insulin resistance directly.

It might be our increased intake of refined grains, sugars and starches that’s driving this epidemic of obesity and diabetes, but through insulin resistance.

It is not necessarily through just overeating and under-exercising.

When I lost my 40 pounds a few years ago, I did it simply by restricting those things.

We can’t keep blaming our overweight and diabetic patients like I did.

Most of them actually want to do the right thing, but they have to know what that is, and it’s got to work.

One day people will shed their excess pounds and cure themselves of insulin resistance.

Sometimes I think back to that night in the E.R., I wish I could speak with that woman again.

I’d like to tell her how sorry I am.

You didn’t need my judgment and my contempt. You needed my empathy and compassion.

I hope you can forgive me.

Please watch the moving video: Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes?

Next Week the Post will be from 3 Reasons It’s Harder For People With Type 2 Diabetes To Lose Weight

https://blog.virtahealth.com/3-reasons-its-harder-for-people-with-type-2-diabetes-to-lose-weight/?fbclid=IwAR0TKV7IDTDErccfXu27TfLFkDNojFoslpRqDFTff85W12gscf5AhYc255I

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Metabolic Syndrome X and Hypothyroidism

 
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In his newsletter 01, Dr. Tennant discusses the causes of a major epidemic, Hypothyroidism.
 
The symptoms of the epidemic, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart attacks, depression, etc. are well known.
 
In order to discuss hypothyroidism, we must first discuss Metabolic Syndrome X and iodine deficiency as this understanding is necessary to understand hypothyroidism.
 
Most doctors agree that what is called Metabolic Syndrome X is responsible for most of the illnesses.
 
So what is Metabolic Syndrome X?
The symptoms and features of Metabolic Syndrome X are:
1. Fasting hyperglycemia — diabetes mellitus type 2 or impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or insulin resistance
2. High blood pressure
3. Central obesity (also known as visceral, male-pattern or appleshaped adiposity), overweight with fat deposits mainly around the waist
4. Decreased HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides
 
Obesity *
Obesity requires some special attention. When you are bigger around the waist than around your hips, this is called “Apple Obesity”.
 
This type of obesity is associated with illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, gall bladder disease, and cancer. When you are bigger around your hips than around your waist, this is called “Pear Obesity”. This is associated with hormonal imbalances but is not as likely to cause you heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
 
MSG * A major contributor to obesity is MSG. Leptin is a hormone released to tell your brain that you are full. MSG damages the brain so that it does not recognize leptin. Thus you always feel hungry. MSG is put in foods because it is addicting and it makes you want to eat more = more profits for the food manufacturers. MSG is hidden in foods by calling it “other spices”.
 
Additives that always contain MSG
• Monosodium Glutamate
• Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
• Hydrolyzed Protein
• Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
• Plant Protein Extract
• Sodium Caseinate
• Calcium Caseinate
• Yeast Extract
• Textured Protein
• Autolyzed Yeast
• Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
 
Metabolic Syndrome is an epidemic that also includes stress, anger, heart attacks, ADHD, migraine headaches, and childhood and adult obesity with depression.
 
For the full article please email Lydia at lpolstra@sympatico.ca
 
Jerry Tennant, MD Newsletter Copyright 2008©

Dr. Tennant has been acknowledged by his peers by awarding him the following: AMA:  American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award.  Philip Corboy Award for contributions to ophthalmology.  Pope Benedict:  Order of Saint Sylvester Award for Contributions to Medicine.  Microcurrent Society:  Lifetime Achievement Award.  Top 20 Alternative Doctors in America.  Newsmax Health’s Top 100 Physicians Who Embrace Integrative Medicine.   The Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine:  Lifetime Achievement Award.   World Academy of Neural Therapy According To Huneke:  Scientific Excellence Award and others.

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