The Natural Way

Friday, February 21, 2003

I just love it when I read our conservative, large, regional newspaper and see an article confirming what I and many have been saying for a long time. I guess it is only news when the conservative establishment has to recognize an error and begin to make changes. I'm talking about "Atkins diet getting fresh look: Scientists intrigued by data from new studies." This was published Sunday and written by Daniel Q. Haney of the Associated Press.

The gist of the article is that a number of good but small studies are showing a diet high in protein and fat and low in grain and starch carbohydrates helps you lose weight faster, cholesterol ratios improve, blood pressure drops and vascular inflammation generally improves. In other words, meat and non-starchy veggies are good for you, and a high-fat diet doesn't really mean your cholesterol will surely rise.

I wrote about this two years ago, quoting Stephen Holt, M.D. He described a Syndrome X as a hidden epidemic estimated to affect 70 million Americans. This syndrome is defined by a highly variable combination of obesity (body mass index greater than 27), high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, with the pivotal underlying problem of insulin resistance. Folks, starches and grains are the culprits here.

Insulin resistance is not really diabetes but is widely thought to lead to Type ll diabetes. The current thinking is that for most of us, as we age, our bodies become accustomed to having to digest too much sugar outright, as well as too many refined carbohydrates. Our systems produce too much insulin for too long and that creates hormonal imbalances across the board, ending up with love handles, potbellies and well-padded child-bearing hips. That's not the worst of it though, in that when one hormone is out of balance it throws the entire hormonal system off balance, which then causes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being over weight and plenty of trouble for menopausal women. Going on a low-fat diet can actually create more problems if hyperinsulinemia (insulin resistance) is the real trouble.

Reminds me of a Woody Allen movie in which he goes to the future and finds that everything we now think is bad has been proven to be good. Comedy and life!

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