Diabesity

Diabesity, well I’m not sure if that is how its spelt. I heard it rather than read it.  It is, as the name suggests, the link between diabetes and obesity.  So many people have come to believe that their obesity is their fault.  Equally we have been led to believe that dieting is the answer.  But, how many diets does it take.  OK, so diet alone isn’t the answer its diet and exercise.  But then, that doesn’t seem to be the answer, as I lose it to only put it back on when the diet finishes.  I am fed up with the roller coaster of diet and weight gain, cause its true that when the weight goes back on it adds a little more each time.

I mustn’t eat fat, because fat has higher calories than proteins or carbohydrates.  Now they say that’s all wrong.  It’s carbs that are the criminal and fats are good for us.  Just what am I meant to believe.

OK lets get some facts as we know them as of now.  I write that because knowledge changes all the time, so what is true for today might not be true for tomorrow.  Companies that make diets obviously also make a lot of money, so they want to encourage the idea that diet works.  Many diets contain artificial sweeteners, in the belief that they are better than sugar NO!!  No? But surely sugar is fattening.  Yes, but the evidence that artificial sweeteners aren’t, just isn’t there.  One reason is that the sweetness on the taste buds fools the brain that we have just had calories, but the brain doesn’t get them so it now craves  them; and, well, who can resit a craving for something sweet.  Even the government are encouraging the use of these chemicals, and even for children; but they are not healthy alternatives.  They come with dangers in their own right,  Aspartame, when heated to body temperature, releases wood alcohol.  Now, I’m sure that the government do not appreciate the implications because they don’t understand the science.  Somebody must though, somebody with the knowledge and authority to stop children and adults being recommended to be poisoned.

Did you know that we have a hormone that tells us we are hungry and a hormone that decreases appetite.  Leptin decreases appetite and ghrelin increases appetite.  Leptin is made by fat cells and that makes so much sense, because we have all of those spare calories to burn so we don’t need to eat.   Sense yes, but then why doesn’t it work.  Its thought that obese people either don’t make enough leptin or their bodies have become desensitised to it.   Also, another important factor is that leptin increases metabolism, the speed at which the body burns calories.  Hey it really is the thin hormone, can I have more of that.

There would appear to be a link between insulin and leptin activity.  High levels of stress reduce insulin sensitivity and would appear to also reduce leptin sensitivity,  Stress is the biggest user of nutrients that there is, especially zinc, and zinc is important for insulin production.  The soils are becoming increasingly deficient in zinc, so inevitably is our food.  There is the diabetes connection and we all know, I think, that diabetes is on the increase.

Secretion of Ghrelin, that hormone that increases appetite, rises when we are hungry; or when calorie intake is too low.  Yeh, that too makes sense,  But does it also explain why diets that restrict calorie intake also result in later weight gain.  Stress increases ghrelin production.  Eating more increases our need for all digestive enzymes, and those enzymes are made from the nutrients that we eat; especially zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6.  So could eating more could actually increase our deficiencies.  I heard yesterday, from a reliable source,  that to achieve the same nutritional value of 1 bowl of spinach grown in the 1950’s we would need 43 bowls today.  That is just shocking.

The speed that we metabolise is controlled by the hormone thyroxin.  To make thyroxin the thyroid needs iodine.  Iodine is becoming increasingly deficient in our soils so a body deficiency is becoming widespread.  Obesity due to a  lack of thyroxin is well documented.  Iodine deficiency in the UK is also well documented, but have we heard about our deficiency in iodine, not a lot. http://www.btf-thyroid.org/professionals/research-news/192-uk-is-iodine-deficient

Processed foods contain a lot of sugar, lifestyle is becoming more sedentary.    Now here is another new word obesogens.  These refer to the chemicals that are found in our food and drinks that mimic oestrogens.  BPA and Phthalates are two such groups..  Oestrogen naturally encourages the deposition of fat.

So, maybe the obesity epidemic is not simply all  the individuals fault; and diet, well not slimming diets, aren’t all the answer either.

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