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Belly fat may drive inflammatory processes associated with disease

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Here’s more evidence for the relationship between inflammation and disease.

In my opinion, as often happens, the authors of this study have confused the cause and effect. That is, the initial trigger of inflammation is likely elevated blood sugars caused by insulin resistance, which then leads to the accumulation of visceral fat. This doesn’t discount the idea that visceral fat may also contribute to inflammation…it probably does, since many of these events have multiple factors and are often reciprocal.

Again, to help us avoid this situation, follow a low-carb diet , exercise and use specific dietary supplements that keeps tight control of inflammation and enhances the body’s response to insulin.

Note this telling paragraph from the author of this study:

“… atherosclerosis was thought to be related to lipids and to the excessive deposit of cholesterol in the arteries,” Fontana says. “Nowadays, it’s clear that atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease. There also is evidence that inflammation plays a role in cancer, and there is even evidence that it plays a role in aging…”

That’s music to my ears!

Stanford study tips scale in favor of low-carb diet

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Here’s an important study supporting the health benefits of a low-carb diet.

Unfortunately, the lead researcher, Dr. Gardner, doesn’t seem to understand why the low-carb diet has such an advantage.  We know that a major reason is because it keeps blood sugars low and stable which keeps our metabolism healthy and increases control of inflammation and disease.

It’s also disappointing that Gardner says that more long term studies need to be done before they can recommend a low-carb diet as a long term healthy diet.  There’s plenty of evidence that suggests a low- carb diet is a healthy life-style. 

Here’s more evidence: Low-carb Diet Better than Low-fat Diet at Improving Metabolic Syndrome

I was glad to see that Dean Ornish’s low-fat, high-carb diet, did not fare well in the study.  Ornish has been a critic of low-carb diets for decades.  It’s nice to see the truth finally published in the AMA journal.

Inflammology; the study of inflammation

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

The objective of this blog is to study inflammation (inflammology).

In the simplest terms this is how disease occurs:

An insult triggers inflammation which then leads to disease.

I explore what insults trigger inflammation so to avoid them, and study what controls inflammation to keep it in check.