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What insulin does to your body

This two-minute clip from Dr Ted Naiman’s presentation is a brief explanation of the obesity epidemic. It is about the activity of insulin in the body. For most people, this is resolved through diet — not pharmaceuticals or exercise (although exercise is important).

Click the image below to view the video clip on DietDoctor.com. For the full video presentation, and a lot more great information, you can become a member of the Diet Doctor website for $9 per month. I am not affiliated with the site in any way, but I am a paying member and it is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to understand more about how a low carb approach can transform health. Highly recommended.

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Dr Wali

We need more young docs like Dr Priyanka Wali.

She saw that diabetic patients were not getting better with the conventional pharmaceutical approach that she had been taught. She started doing her own research and learned that a low carb ketogenic diet might be a better intervention, so she tried the diet on herself first and found that she felt much better, and knew that she could prescribe it as a therapy for her diabetic and insulin resistant patients. She now uses it in her practice and it is working.

The interview below was done at the Low Carb USA Conference in San Diego. Interviewer is the great Ivor Cummins.

A FEW QUOTES FROM THE INTERVIEW

I started treating patients with diabetes and the first thing I noticed was that the guidelines weren’t working. My patients weren’t getting better.

I started to look for answers that were outside what we had been taught in medical school, which was not very much about nutrition.

Physicians don’t understand what are the macronutrients that affect insulin levels. This is not common knowledge among the medical community.

[Our current prescription-driven model of medicine] is the result of business being a greater priority than human lives.

We are incentivized to prescribe medication.

I lived the [dietary] guidelines and I started to see that something wasn’t right.

Just look around you. Insulin resistance is rampant.

The first thing is changing the guidelines.

LCHF Story: Dale

There are many personal anecdotes like this one. Diabetics who have been told that their condition is chronic and progressive — meaning a future of more meds and no hope of reversal.

Then they go on a LCHF diet and their diabetes is either dramatically improved or completely reversed. See the tweet below from Dale. Diabetic for ten years, increasing his insulin treatment for three years (presumably his doctor didn’t know any better), and then switched to LCHF. Three weeks later, no more insulin required.

The American Diabetes Association will not tell you this.

Exercise

There are many good reasons to exercise. Muscle strength, improved bone density, cardiovascular health, optimal metabolic function, reducing risk of stroke and heart disease and T2 diabetes and dementia — the list is long. Exercise energizes and makes you feel great. But exercise is not a great weight loss strategy. You can lose weight with exercise, but (1) you have to work really hard at it, and (2) the weight tends to come off very slowly.

The best way to burn off excess body fat is by reducing consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates. The reason is that carbohydrates drive up blood sugar (glucose), which stimulates the secretion of insulin. Insulin is the fat storage hormone. If the excess glucose is not used for energy, insulin moves it into the fat cells to be used for energy later. But if we keep eating the carbs and glucose levels remain high, the stored fat is never metabolized for energy — so the fat cells remain. You cannot outrun a bad diet.

A low carb / ketogenic diet causes the body to transform from burning sugar for energy to burning fat. It works.

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Why we eat butter

People have been eating butter for a long time. It did not make us fat or sick.

Drop the fake food, vegetable oils, sugars, starches, refined carbs — eat real food.

Fat vs Carbs

The traditional “balanced diet” may be way out of whack. To fight obesity and diabetes, doctors and nutritionists are embracing diets that were once called fads.

“PEOPLE have told me what I do is dangerous. They have walked away from me at meetings,” says David Unwin, a doctor practicing in Southport, UK. Unwin suggests to his patients with type 2 diabetes or who want to lose weight that they do the opposite of what official health advice recommends. He advises them to stop counting calories, eat high-fat foods – including saturated fats – and avoid carbohydrates, namely sugar and starch. Telling people to avoid sugar is uncontroversial; the rest is medical heresy.

But crazy as it sounds, Unwin has found that most of his diabetes patients who follow this advice are getting their blood sugar back under control, and that some are coming off medication they have relied on for years. Those who are overweight are slimming down.

This might seem like just another controversial fad diet, but a growing number of researchers, doctors and nutritionists around the world are backing it, and reporting their findings in peer-reviewed medical journals. Last month, the National Obesity Forum, a UK body for health professionals involved in weight management, made headlines when it overhauled its advice, telling people to ditch calorie-counting, low-fat foods and carbs in favor of fats.

Source: New Scientist

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Statins

Statins are the most profitable drugs in history. They are (over) prescribed to lower total cholesterol, based on the unproven idea that elevated cholesterol causes heart disease. This has been repeated so long and so loud that everyone takes it as an established fact. But there is no causal relationship between high cholesterol and heart attacks — the connection has never been proven.

One of several known side effect of statins is that they reduce the level of Coenzyme Q10, an essential enzyme that is required for a healthy heart.

Source: @DietHeartNews Twitter

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Doubling saturated fat in diet does not increase saturated fat in blood

New research links diabetes, heart disease risk to diet high in carbohydrate — not fat.

Doubling or even nearly tripling saturated fat in the diet does not drive up total levels of saturated fat in the blood, according to a controlled diet study. However, increasing levels of carbohydrates in the diet during the study promoted a steady increase in the blood of a fatty acid linked to an elevated risk for diabetes and heart disease.

The finding “challenges the conventional wisdom that has demonized saturated fat and extends our knowledge of why dietary saturated fat doesn’t correlate with disease,” said senior author Jeff Volek, a professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University.

“When you consume a very low-carb diet your body preferentially burns saturated fat,” Volek said. “We had people eat 2 times more saturated fat than they had been eating before entering the study, yet when we measured saturated fat in their blood, it went down in the majority of people. Other traditional risk markers improved, as well.”

Source article at  Ohio State University News site.

Research findings at the PLOS ONE Journal.

1917 Diabetes Cookbook

In 1917 Rebecca Oppenheimer published “Diabetic cookery; recipes and menus” which described what was already known about the optimal diet for diabetics — more butter, olive oil, meats, cheeses, eggs, and healthy fats (low in carbohydrates), and less sugar, starch, bread, pasta, and other foods that raise blood sugar (due to high carbohydrate content).

This is essentially a low carb / high fat (LCHF) diet, which not only helps diabetics to reduce their blood glucose, but is also effective for weight loss and other metabolic conditions.

The book can be found online at Archive.org and you can download it in PDF format here.

Here are pages 12 and 13 from the book.

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Health Industry BS

This is from Today’s Dietitian Magazine (“The Magazine for Nutrition Professionals”) recommending Hershey’s chocolate milk because … It’s what an athlete needs.

29 grams of sugar. No athlete needs that.