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Its now three years since I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes. It is 2.5 years since I reversed it with a low carb/ ketogenic diet based on meat, fish, dairy, eggs and above ground vegetables.
I started a blog here on the impact of hyperinsulinaemia on almost all chronic health conditions. Since that time I have found more and more such references. As a result my goal has rather switched - now its do I personally help to get the message out both in my home - Malta and globally. and how can I help the low carb movement develop its own critical mass .
My concern is about how do we break out from the " echo chamber of LCHF" where we already know the news to help others who have not yet found out.
Chronic conditions are presented worldwide as depressing, life debilitating issues that will ruin your quality of life.
My life is fuller, richer, more exciting , happier, healthier than it has been for years . Why? because I finally realised what is FOOD . Most of the stuff on sale is just NOT FOOD. especially anything including refined carbs and seed oils. Did you know that even lawn mower engines run better on bacon grease than motor engine oil? ( google it )
It is no wonder that the human body continues to misfire on three cylinders when we insist on filling it with NOT FUEL . It is astonishing that humans know intuitively not to feed their cars donuts, but assume its ok to eat ourselves
As part of my plan I have now executive produced a number of films that has included:
Fat: A documentary with Vinnie Torterich
Madness: the cost of carbs (T1)
I have also helped fund "Gamechanges debunked the film" (https://www.youtube.com/foodlies) and am an executive producer of Food Lies - (Brian Sanders) and Sacred Cow out in the Spring.
More are to come.
A week ago I set up AfiniaFilm and acquired the distribution rights to a number of quality films across the UK, Ireland, Malta and the Channel Island ( across all genres) . Including The Biggest Little Farm which opened in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 29 Nov 2019 in more than 200 cinemas overall. I did this because it shows us all just how important the very same farm animals we all understand are hugely important part of a healthy diet to BOTH the creation of healthy vegetables and a healthy planet. #yes2,meat is fundamental part of human health - in the fight againt the processed food industry.
The Biggest Little Film is an oscar contender and already won the Critic Choice Cinematography Award I was delighted that the story got picked up in Yorkshire my hometown
I have some ideas as to how to use the vehicle of Afinia Film to take things further. If you are interested in progress please check out my new website Afinia Film where I am now running a blog.
You can also find me on twitter at amandazz100 and facebook at afiniafilm https://www.facebook.com/AfiniaFilm/
if you get the chance please go to see Biggest Little Farm - and cross your fingers that it does win an oscar !
Camberwell achieved three records this last month.
It's the poorest place in England,
It's the place with more obese children than anywhere else
It's the place with faster growing diabetes than anywhere else
At the same time as this is taking place, an article comes out that too many of the UK's poorest are not receiving food stamps helping them to buy healthy foods - a scheme introduced by the Labour Government in 2006 - only healthy foods though = " plant based " carbohydrates - no meat is included in the scheme. It further bewails the fact that if we could just get these food stamps into even more of the poorest people we could beat obesity and ill health there and guide them on the path to healthy living.
No doubt Camberwell as the poorest place in the Kingdom is the recipient of more food " aid" than most
No doubt its schools are targeted for the " healthy start" breakfast clubs provided so helpfully by Kelloggs.
If its particularly fortunate it might also be the "lucky" recipient of food aid provided by the World Instant Noodles association, proudly distributing illness to those already suffering from earthquakes floods and other disasters.
One thing is probably very clear - those affected by each of poverty, obesity and chronic ill health are NOT receiving an adequate amount of proper nutrition in the form of meat and eggs. Not that that should stop the World Health Organisation, the Government or the Plant Based lobby from continuing its quest to ensure that everyone is equally as ill as the poor unfortunate people of Camberwell.
Today researchers announce that giving orange juice to children increases obesity - Its so useful that those Food Aid stamps DO include orange juice......
Frankly my ire at watching government incompetence, scientists flailing about not seeing what is blindingly obvious in front of their noses, and newspapers daily adding to the confusion is becoming well more than I can bear.
I was pondering recently - what actually is the root cause of so much illness, why is man on the path to global extinction? At this point you may think - this woman doesn't half exaggerate - if everybody stopped being lazy, ate less and moved more things would be fine.
Unfortunately it is not as simple as that. I have commented before that average levels of insulin in humans make the average human diabetic. I have commented before that human fertility has gone down dramatically . Rapidly declining levels of testosterone have been showing up for the last two decades.
What has been our main response ? To change the references ranges to the new normal - it is now the norm for man to have lower testosterone - so no need to worry about yours. It is normal for humans to be diabetic so don't worry about that either. We've got drugs we can give you when you get there. Darwinian theory would say that you cannot simply change your reference point- instead man is on the path to extinction . It will happen sooner than realised unless dramatic changes take place - but what?
Why are we where we are ?
Across the world scientific debate has raged - focusing primarily on the evils of anything that raised cholesterol including red meat. The "plant based" lobby has been largely successful in persuading us that the best way to optimal health is to eat vegetables, preferably to the exclusion of much else.
Trillion dollar industries have developed to feed our insatiable appetite for processed foods and drugs, Statins and Insulin being the largest candidates . Duane Reed outlets on every street corner in America match the Sugar Sweetened Beverage vending machine outlets on every street corner in every hot country of the world.
Our medical professions have developed ever more specialist arms, each focused on providing their primarily drug / procedure based solution to our health problems. It is not enough and our medical services are collapsing under the strain.
Every so often politicians spout hot air about prevention, its nearly always about extolling the virtues of " run more" hardly ever about practical policies to educate the medical profession itself about nutrition and its benefits - why ? because no -one profits from that- where is the incentive ?
As an accountant, I used to spend a lot of time trying to figure out big picture answers from seemingly disparate data. I think the answer is staring us in the face.
The Low Carb High Fat/ Ketogenic Diet Movement
Back in 1975 John Yudkin warned that our problem was sugar not meat. The Dr Atkins diet told us to reduce carbohydrates in 1976- and indeed his successors have been fighting to get low carbohyrdrate diets into the main stream every few years ever since, usually failing because of the massive industrial complexes now reliant on continuing to provide processed foods and drugs for the masses.
Proponents of these diets now know that anyone with a metabolic disorder can improve their health dramatically by removing as many carbohydrates from their diet as possible . Virta Health are reliably reversing diabetes with their ketogenic diet. Diabetes.co.uk abounds with similar stories of individuals doing it with no medical support at all ( including me).
Detractors of "low carbing" say - don't be ridiculous - even if your diet does work it's a recipe for disaster , heart disease and cancer - indeed WHO stuck red meat on its " probably carcinogenic" list .
Virta Health put out a study of 22 health markers coming from its first cohort of successful ketogenic patients. 21 had moved in the right direction , 1 - raised LDL cholesterol, had gone the wrong way in some patients ( up not down) . I'm just a simple accountant used to seeing patterns in things. If I were looking at a similar series of interrelated variables I would say - hmmm - maybe we characterised this one wrong ? Maybe it's actually a good sign when it starts to go up a bit? Of course, instead of that - this 1 out of 22 markers becomes a stick upon which the plant based lobby can continue its vilification of meat AND a low carb diet.
Time and again the low carb movement is hit with -
"but China, Japan, India they all eat tons of rice and noodles and they were neither fat nor diabetic - they only started to become diabetic when they increased the proportion of meat in their diet., it's NOT the carbs, so it must be the meat, meat is carcinogenic, WHO says so. So don't start telling me to get rid of carbs in my diet I need them".
The forces of right & good - the plant based industrial food complexes continue providing us all with the wholesome foods they have become famous for- just as the government asked them to . Packets abounding in stickers saying - low in fat, low in saturated fat, low in salt, not much sugar - high in Vitamin X& Y. PERFECT - of course if one turned it over and looked at the carbohydrate content one would see that there is 50- 80% carbs in nearly EVERY processed product. THAT is ALL SUGAR really - THAT is what is killing diabetics - all of whom have developed an inability to process sugar. So those of us who gave up the carbs ( aka sugar) see our metabolic health improve. Some of us also bravely fend off the " take a statin and stop doing this now" response of our doctor who sees the 22 markers but doesn't like one of them, LDL, the only one he knows he can reliably treat with a drug he will be paid for prescribing.
So are carbohydrates intrinsically evil ? NO
Consider sugar - " sugar is evil" comes the cry - we must get it out of our diet. I agree we probably should - but what actually is sugar? It is the very first industrially processed food, going through iteration after iteration before the stuff hits our plate.
What else looks like that ? " flour" - we haven't heard the calls to reduce that yet, but we will eventually Why - because in reality its just another sugar, once again it's a natural product, squeezed, prodded and tortured into something unrecognisable - not just how its processed, but how its grown in the first place.
Alcohol ? - again - highly refined stuff that hits our blood stream with a huge bang
Fruit juices - the same as alcohol - except we can poison our kids with that as well as give them a huge hit to their blood stream with a clear conscience
Ultra -processed foods - let's take all manner of foodstuffs and torture them as well into an easily packaged format , preferably containing sugar and flour as well, but god forbid there be any salt or saturated fat.
So is red meat evil ?- of course you know my answer is going to be NO - but why do I think so?
You will say Tonga - they had to stop sending mutton chaps to the Tongans, because it was causing obesity & diabetes all over the place - I will reply - of course eating anything in truck loads is a problem but there is nothing intrinsically wrong with mutton chaps.
I will reply look at studies in Africa showing higher meat contents creates taller, brainier children
I will say - look at Hong Kong they eat more meat than anyone else on the planet and they also have the highest life expectancy.
So here we come to the ESSENCE of the problem.
There is one thing we do know about Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils - the human body cannot make them. It must ingest them somehow. The human body can make saturated fat in abundance, it's most of the stuff adding to your clothes size if you eat too much. Our bodies convert the excess stuff we eat into fat and we store it as saturated fats in the main because it considers this to be stable - Our bodies LIKE saturated fat for storage - if it had liked something else more it would have chosen to make that millennia ago.
IF the human body had wanted Om 3 and Om 6 oils in vast quantities, it would have found a way to manufacture them itself - just as it does with cholesterol - that other VITAL but much abused substance. Instead the human body needs TRACES of both in similar quantities. For many years that is exactly what it got, tiny traces of Om 3 and Om 6 coming from the meat and fish being consumed in the average omnivore diet.
Somehow we switched this trace need into public veneration which tested really well with our industrial food companies, so much easier and cheaper to make than rotten old butter.
During the 20th century heart disease grew, and that led to a hypothesis that it was a disease of plenty - we had plenty more meat, we were starting to put down layers of saturated fat as our prosperity grew. And of course we had also gone wild for tobacco.
The first warnings about tobacco were starting to emerge in the 1920's but one man's desire for profits easily trumps another man's desire for health so it took 51 years before health warnings started to appear on tobacco products. Even today, it's addictive nature means that despite ever increasing levels of horrific warnings, new youngsters still join the tobacco bandwagon.
During the same period meat consumption had gone up worldwide alongside increasing prosperity. It was all too easy to jump to the conclusion that it MUST be responsible for our increasing adiposity, heart disease and much else.
In 1976 we had the first government warnings - " saturated fat is bad" you should reduce meat consumption, replace saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats . I was 18 at the time, I recall all the news articles about it, my family going out to buy the vegetable oils to replace the butter in our fridge, switching the Sunday roast from beef to chicken etc. etc.
That wasn't surprising because after all, we all want to protect our children from bad things, so as soon as this news came out, those in charge of the care of small children began the process of improving their health.
Much is made of our general increasing obesity over the years. But have you seen this chart? This is what happened IMMEDIATELY we started the essential process of getting rid of all those problematic butters and replacing them with vegetable oils full of polyunsaturated fats. In households and school kitchens everywhere adults conscientiously followed the government lead. I was one of those kids now eating that "new healthy diet" . This chart tracks the growth in obesity in children from1976 onwards in the US.
These results are astonishingly bad - what changed ? adding a massive quantity of vegetable oils stuffed full of polyunsaturated fats (Om6 ) oils into our diet. THIS is the substance that binds together all of those ultra processed foods.
Look at any of the statistics though and what you will see in the main is an increase in carbohydrate consumption.
There is actually a good reason for that. Saturated fats when eaten to excess give off " you are full " signals - Polyunsaturated fat don't , so you eat more of whatever you cooked with them. Professionals with more expertise than me can explain why ( Dr Michael Eades springs to mind)
When we chose to vilify saturated fat, we also requested that our food industries should come up with lots of new processed food products, low in saturated fat, low in salt. They achieved that by adding sugars, cooking in vegetable oils . Vegetable oils became ubiquitous everywhere - man now eats anything up to 40:1 Om 6 to Om 3 in vast quantities compared with the 1:1 trace element it actually needs . Those vegetable oils are poisoning us. They were never food and should never have been added into the food supply.
So why are we hearing daily news about ketogenic/low carb diets and not hearing anything about polyunsaturated fats?
BECAUSE at their heart ALL of these diets involve giving up processed foods, ALL of them naturally get rid of vegetable oils . ALL of them share that with the " whole foods" plant based lobby.
The difference is that it is actually possible to eat any manner of eating styles - carnivore, omnivore, pescatorian , vegetarian , or vegan and still not eat processed carbohydrates or sugar and by definition vegetable oils - No one in their right mind would " flavour" a salad with sunflower oil. The more you also reduce real food carbohydrates and lose weight if necessary the more quickly the diabetic will recover metabolic health hence the wild success of the "ketogenic -low carbohydrate high fat diet" to treat metabolic disorders no matter what eating style it accompanies .
So what does the humble pot noodle have to do with all of this?
After a recent visit to Japan I realised something I never knew. Those crispy noodles at the bottom of the cup achieve that crispiness through being deep fried in vast vats of seed oils. Everything clicked into place.
Instant Pot Noodles - are the closest thing we have to a poison in the world's food supply. The oil they have been cooked in hardly even shows up in the ingredient list, but the damage has been done.
Of course that was just a theory - so I began to investigate:
If one google's Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam where Instant Pot Noodles are the most popular, you will find three of the fastest growing diabetes rates in the world ,China, Japan & India are all succumbing fast and it's not just diabetes , Vietnam has one of the fastest growing rates of CVD in youngsters the world has seen. These people are not even necessarily getting fat, just diabetic and sick.
So if my theory holds up one should find that the countries with the lowest increases in diabetes also eat the lowest instant pot noodles. That would be Argentina, so I googled Argentina too. Sure enough they recently made an announcement that whilst their headline rates of diabetes have grown a bit , they think it's largely due to better reporting not incidence.
Popping down the list we find that the incidence of growth in diabetes pretty much corresponds to the sales of pot noodles and whilst correlation is not causation - as I've been told so often in following up my whacky ideas, in this case it is a " dose " related response - I.e. the more average consumption the higher the growth rate.
But what about bloody Tonga, I know my simple "it must be the amount of meat, not the type of meat, that caused the explosion of diabetes ..... " doesn't really cut it. You don't get diabetes because you eat too much, you eat too much because your system has become disregulated so you can't tell what is too much. I fundamentally believe that meat doesn't cause that metabolic disregulation, so I must dismiss my simple solution.
Hmm, - so what about pot noodles I ask myself- how do the Tongan's feel about Instant Pot Noodles? Here is the thing - Tongan's adore pot noodles - not in the same way your average American teenager does . No the Tongan's take it to a whole different level - They love pot noodles eaten dry - they don't even bother with the water - instead it's a snack like crisps.
Instant pot noodles - beloved of teenagers, students in the West, eaten for breakfast and lunch all over the East, eaten dry in Tonga, provided as emergency relief food in disasters world- wide, distributed to the needy poor everywhere.
Instant pot noodles explain pretty much everything we don't understand about why we all got fat and sick.
Of course there are other products with similar characteristics, stuff fried in seed oil - indeed most restaurant food worldwide.
In Japan I visited a two star Michelin restaurant and almost cried as I watched my personal chef, expertly cook the Kobe beef, carefully discard all of the lovely saturated fat into a waste bucket and instead cook the vegetables I had been intending to eat with it in a nice splatter of toxic vegetable oil.
The new guidelines telling us to eat polyunsaturated fats, first came into existence in 1976. There were people warning this would be a disaster at the time -so if the " tobacco time plan" plays out, in 2028 we should see the first warnings appearing on industrial processed foods that they can kill you. I hope that we do better than that and I hope the first warning goes on instant pot noodles .
Of course I might be completely wrong on all of this. Maybe it's not the pot noodles after all, but they really don't taste very good, so how about removing them ( and anything else cooked in seed oils ) from your and your children's diet before the government finally gets round to telling you? after all real foods taste much better anyway.
This is the diet I have proposed based on my research here
http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/blog/cherryaa.327005/ is as follows:
1) Approx 20-30g carbs to get the relevant nutrients = ie 80-120 calories
2) Approx 1g per fat free body weight of proteins = say 60- 90 g = 240-360 calories
This will give rise to whatever fats are included in the above proteins and the total calorie count to match
3) depending on the proteins chosen and how fatty they are - one table spoon of each of
olive oil (mono) , cod liver oil ( om 3) and a knob of butter. (sat ) and 10g macadamia nuts ( healthy om 6)
4) 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (though probably other vinegars would work too ( from D Fung's obesity code) - vinegar blocks insulin release)
Choose nutrient dense foods with the least insulin responses this food list sets these out
Eat the entire lot at one meal per day . NO SNACKING not even a grape. drink only water or black coffee or tea
See this post for why NO SNACKING
Do 2 minutes High Intensity exercise on waking first thing in the morning, and after the meal as that wakes up insulin responses
Based on all the stuff above THAT should be the way to bring own circulating insulin quickly, break a diet logjam and " cure" diabetes.
I have no idea if I've got the willpower to do that - but I am going to try to get as close as I can for a while and see what happens.
I'm off for my black coffee now .....
Summary results ( will post proper table once per week)
Kg Waist Cal % Nutrient Over Liver PostMeal Ave Net carb Fibre Prot Fat Om 6 Om 3 Om6/Om 3 Sat Fat % Total
Target Night Dump High 24 hrs g g g g g g target 100% g Cal Sat
D-2 91.6kg 94cm 928 89% nk nk nk nk 41C 25Fi 50P 110F 5.7 0.4 1425% 29 28%
D-1 90.6 kg 94cm 1044 91% 5.2 6.8 5.9 5.4 29C 12Fi 66P 81F 3.2 1.7 188% 32 28%
D1 88.8kg 93cm 1010 89% 5.3 6.9 5.6 5.3 23C 12Fi 61P 72F 5.3 4.3 81% 25 22%
D2 87.8kg 92cm 1095 94% 4.5 6.4 6.4 4.9 33C 16Fi 90P 60F 3.5 4.8 73% 22 18%
D3 86.9 kg 91cm 1104 100% 4.2 5.4 6.1 4.7 47C 28Fi 78P 59F 4.1 5.0 82% 19 16%
WHY CHEATING MATTERS
In our quest to achieve remission
We have all had those moments when we think - ah one sweet, biscuit, - what harm can that possibly do.
It turns out that eating TINY amounts of the " wrong" foods can have big implications for blood glucose responses and by implication the insulin that you created to deal with it.
The attached chart shows two days results from the Abbott from two people. Both of us eating a similar LCHF diet. We switched over at 6pm on the evening of the first day
The first day is when worn by a friend a non diabetic 28 year old woman BMI 27 (who's OGTT results are shown on the other graphic compared to me and bulkbiker ) as two lines - one after the full OGTT test, the second after following an LCHF diet all day and then eating ONE PIECE OF CANDIED GINGER weighting about 5 g at around 1.30 . the resulting metabolic effort to process that was BIGGER than the OGTT.
The second day is when worn by a diabetic 59 year old woman BMI 31 (me) on LCHF
This is a very interesting website - a bunch of zero carbers - have created a website and protocol for tsting out what happens to individuals Hba1C etc from eating a ZERO carb diet.
I will look with interest at the results
I am setting up this blog to post other research I come across which links low insulin to a benefit via some kind of medical pathway that does not specifically mention insulin itself within the paper but where the end result is the same - i.e. get insulin down through diets which limit carbs by % or absolute grams and these are the benefits you may reap.
http://neurosciencenews.com/ketonic-diet-inflammation-7553/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: neuroscience-rss-feeds-neuroscience-news (Neuroscience News Updates)
In the new study, the researchers used a small molecule called 2-deoxyglucose, or 2DG, to block glucose metabolism and produce a ketogenic state in rats and controlled laboratory cell lines. The team found that 2DG could bring inflammation levels down to almost control levels.
ah ok - ok glucose metabolism = no insulin
hmm perhaps this should be in the other thread.
A unifying theory of Disease
" HIGH CIRCULATING INSULIN DISEASE" HCID is the PRIME disease of modern life.
HCID causes practically all age related disease manifestations.
HCID occurs as a consequence of eating food that is metabolically unhealthy.
In the absence of more sophisticated insulin resistance data, either Fasting insulin or the TyG index can be used to measure the risk of HCID.
Metabolically unhealthy foods are - all processed and refined foods and polyunsaturated seed oils.
Rising intervention in the food production chain to increase yields also increases the insulin requirements of the human body to process these foods.
Metabolically healthy foods are " real foods" from something living which have not been tampered with .
Insulin resistance has been implicated in myriad diseases including the rise of Autoimmune diseases such as - T1 diabetes Gluten,Ceoliac diseases, Obesity , T2 diabetes, cancer, heart attack stroke, sleep apneoa, snoring, osteoparesis, male and female infertility - you name it- it's been mentioned
The introduction and development of processed foods and new strains of wheat etc, has been implicated in the growth of insulin resistance.
The prime reason is that each of these foods require significantly more insulin for the human body to be able to metabolise , so the end result is higher circulating insulin. Over time fasting insulin increases in the presence of continued intake of the wrong foods. As metabolic damage arises, more and more foods contribute to the damage now including starchy vegetables and fruit which in a metabolically healthy person can be eaten without consequence.
This is why LCHF, fasting, low carb, keto, or specific carbohydrate diets ( which all focus on removing processed and refined foods, seed oils and carbs to some degree) are all being touted as solutions to myriad diseases. They bring down circulating insulin ( as may other extreme diets?)
Rising circulating insulin “ enables” other disfunctions to happen, diseases are then triggered at different times and in different areas of the body depending on the genetic traits of the individual concerned, however changes to fasting insulin level and increases in the Tryg Index can predict individual risk.
Increasing obesity is not the cause of metabolic diseases, it is the effect of metabolic disease brought on by high levels of insulin caused by the food chain.
The current “Normal “ range of fasting insulin is shown as 2-25 M/Iul , however that range includes all the metabolic damage being done by the current processed food diet - the optimal range is actually say 2-6 M/IuL.
Circulating insulin happens significantly in advance of any related conditions - the Kraft curves are not only predictor of future diabetes risk, they are a predictor of all cause mortality and individual disease mortality – ie . it is not that people with heart disease are simply unidentified diabetics ( as is now being postulated ) or that for example alzheimers is actually Type 3 diabetes. The actual disease is HCID “HIGH CIRCULATING INSULIN DISEASE ” – practically all the other diseases are simply manifestations of the same problem.
A connection has recently been made for example for sleep apnea, that it occurs when there is high insulin levels in the body. In my own case, snoring stopped when my insulin levels hit “ optimal levels” and returned after a couple of days carb loading for an OGTT which would have caused a rise in my insulin levels.
Higher death rates in T1 diabetes for all causes is a result of having to inject insulin and thus maintain high levels of insulin in the body - thus the goal of T1 diabetics should be to MINIMISE insulin usage through carb restriction not minimize blood sugar Hba1c through insulin injection. It is the insulin injections themselves that give rise to the other high causes of death in a T1 diabetic because they then end up with high insulin levels , not the lack of insulin production per se, once that has been sorted with the minimum insulin necessary to eat a real foods metabolically healthy diet.
The goal of T2 diabetics should be to avoid insulin injections at all costs unless it is proven beyond any doubt that they can no longer manufacture their own - in which case the same strategy as for T1 diabetes should apply. . Any drugs that manage glucose without limiting circulating insulin are actively making the problem worse – hence the “Progressive” diagnosis for T2 diabetics.
The goal of everyone else should be to minimize circulating insulin levels through eating a healthy diet – which will be a “ real foods “ diet .
If insulin levels are kept at optimum levels ( 2-6 M/Iul ) -instead of the “normal range = 2-25) then this paper suggests a remarkable predictor of " no risk" of any of the so- called – age related diseases regardless of weight.
This theory explains the phenomenon of healthy obese people. These people either through genetics or food choices are in the fortunate position that what they eat does not cause their circulating insulin to rise .
It also explains why diabetic individuals can have totally healthy metabolic markers and Hba1C through for example an LCHF diet, but STILL have a BMI of 32. ( e.g. me)
If insulin levels in a thin person are too high – this explains the existence of TOFI people and the seemingly inexplicable incidence of heart disease, cancer and diabetes in an otherwise “ healthy” slim person.
Reversal of Diabetes
Reducing fasting insulin will return many unhealthy individuals to metabolic health from all manner of diseases. A recent study I took part in confirmed the hypothesis that I postulated that in T2 diabetics fasting insulin would gradually return to optimal levels if the individual concerned stopped eating metabolically unhealthy foods – in that instance specifically through LCHF 70% fats, 18% proteins, 12% carbs.
Initial diagnosis Hba1c 90. 12 months later Hba1C 42,
Fasting insulin 20M/Iul at 6 months on LCHF
Fasting insulin 8.3 M/Iul at 12 months on LCHF
An OGTT test at 12 months had my glucose levels back to base under 5 mmol within 90 minutes.
Fasting insulin is not generally tested - However the Triglyceride index may also be used as a proxy.
Thus the Triglyceride index should be the focus of cholesterol studies to identify " bad " cholesterol not LDL
I'm an accountant I don't have access to the data to prove this theory - others do - Prove me right and I will share the Nobel prize !
I am going to post here, the experiments I have done, will do on myself and also links to place I find particularly interesting
* Insulin goes up alongside obesity
* Triglycerides x fasting glucose - may predict diabetes risk
* Higher saturated fats may improve lipid profiles
* you can get 100% of nutrients in 1250 calories
* OGTT results - back to normal in 2 hrs on LCHF
I have made vast improvements in my health in the last year. The recent OGTT test showed that I could technically be considered a non diabetic, by all standard measures. The continuous monitoring libre shows a different story - sure most of the time my blood sugars are well within range, but with the addition of carbs the increase in blood sugars is inexorable and the tendency to gain weight is still there.
I am going to give a VLC diet a go in the run up to Xmas to see if I can get rid of another stubborn stone in weight .
I intend to use real foods and try to make my protein source weighted heavily towards omega 3.
total 800 calories per day
So day 1 my plan is salmon and broccoli, pilchards and salad - go me
well after yet more tries, including a weekend spend running 12 m, cycling 50 km and walking 10 km, I woke up on DD to find I weighed 88kg, one kilo less than 6 months ago. As of today back to the same old 89 again , and again, and again
I've decided my body wants to be 89 for now, so I am going to try and stop worrying about it and see if I can just maintain it for a while . Maybe if I stop obsessing about it, it will come !
absolutely bloody nowhere - despite being good etc etc etc. On the plus side I have run 5km three times this week.
I guess for now I need to try just getting fitter as whatever is keeping my metabolism at 89 is rock solid !
This would be funny if it wasn't so frustrating, Good day yesterday , had a bit of wine and cheese before bed, right back to where I started - again.
hmmh nuff said
Brilliant slimming day, good nutrients little temptation to cheat, 1100 calories overall, walked / jogged 7 km . breath ketones 4.1 ppm breathalyser 0.1 ppm , blood 0 ( again) overnight fasting libre 5.4 ( its clearly reading higher on averages than the last one probably more realistic ).