Adult Onset Diabetes Basics

VIRTUALLY ALL ADULT ONSET DIABETES CAN BE CURED BY LIFESTYLE CHANGE

Adult Onset Diabetes (AODM), sometimes called Type II Diabetes, refers to a situation where the body cannot secrete enough insulin to keep sugar at a healthy level. How does that work?fgdg

Circulating Glucose (Sugar) Is Tightly Regulated

Circulating blood glucose (sugar) is tightly regulated by a tiny brain called the hypothalamus. All vertebrates, including us, have these tiny brains. It’s the size of an almond and right in the center of your skull. By regulated, we mean that the hypothalamus will make adjustments to attempt to keep glucose at an ideal level of 80 mg/dl.

Cholesterol Basics – Myths and Medical Facts

CHOLESTEROL: MYTHS, ITS PURPOSE, WHAT’S IMPORTANT, WHAT’S NOT

Cholesterol has received more negative attention in the last 30 years than it ever deserved. Let’s start by dispensing with two major medical myths:

dfgsdgMYTH 1: Eating foods high in cholesterol will raise your cholesterol. THIS IS NOT TRUE. You can have all you want. It won’t affect your cholesterol level.

MYTH 2: High cholesterol causes heart disease. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Heart disease is caused by abnormally small lipoprotein particles. These are called LDL, and are a mix of fat, cholesterol, and some proteins. It is not the content that is important, it is the size. The small sizes are problematic, and it is primarily the fat in the particles that does the damage. The size, in turn, is controlled by diet.

Nuts, Baby Aspirin, and Statins – Which is Best?

NUTS, BABY ASPIRIN, AND STATINS

All three of these reduce cardiac events by around 35%. However the groups benefited and the side effects are vastly different.

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 The nut industry is now prominently displaying a “Heart-Healthy” symbol on their products, and for good reason: Of the three ‘medicines’ mentioned above, nuts are the most effective at reducing heart attacks and have the least side effects. In fact, unless you are allergic to them, they have no side effects at all.

Saturated Fat – It’s Healthy – It’s Not Dangerous

SATURATED FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU

Yes, you read that right. Saturated fat is GOOD for you. Now before you dismiss this as pure quackery, here are a couple of qualifications:sat

  • Trans-fat, often associated with saturated fat, is bad for you, quite bad for you in fact.
  • Saturated fat from animals raised in unsanitary conditions (feed lots, for instance), may be loaded with all sorts of undesirable stuff.
  • Saturated fat is a political hot potato for reasons having little to do with health or nutrition.

Who Gets Degenerative Disease?

WHO GETS DEGENERATIVE DISEASE AND WHO IS SPARED?

In the west – Europe and North America – more than 70% die from degenerative disease, yet there are two identifiable groups that are largely free from thesedege.deg

By degenerative disease we mean heart disease, cancer, adult onset diabetes, dementia, and several less common age related diseases.

We know for certain that degenerative disease can be avoided. These groups, and their lifestyles are proof. The two groups are hunter-gatherers and centenarians.

Hairlessness

WHY DON’T WE HAVE HAIR?

We don’t mean why are we going bald. We mean why aren’t we covered with hair, like any respectable mammal. We split with the chimps 7 million year ago, and before that, the gorillas. They have plenty of hair. What happened to ours?Monkey

Because of the lack of hair, we have had to evolve pigment, invent clothing, and a lot of other hassles. Once we lost it, for whatever reason, wouldn’t it have been simpler to simply evolve it back. (Maybe the Europeans are part way there. They are ahead of the Africans and Asians in this category.)

Pocket Doc

 HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM

An online MD story illustrates the sorry state of primary medical care today. On recode.net, we found fdsfgthis: “A Doc in Your Pocket: Doctor on Demand Gets Smarter” By Katherine Boehret, wherein one can get medical treatment on-line with a ‘real’ doctor. You can even get prescriptions, which is perhaps the main point.

Now this launched a bit of an argument between ‘us’. Who are we? These blogs are authored by Dr. Mike Nichols, a long time MD, and Dr. Charles Davis, a long time PhD and patient.