Day 16: The Ketogenic Diet and Alzheimer’s

 

The Ketogenic Diet and Alzheimer’s

These are the notes from last night’s video in the 28 Day Challenge.  You can join us in the 28 Day Challenge FaceBook Group here, get our FREE 28 Day Ketogenic Meal Plan here, and pick up our recipe and instructional books here.

You have heard me say many times throughout this 28 Day Journey that more and more evidence is mounting that Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases are basically Type III Diabetes.  In other words, the same root causes that cause Type II Diabetes are causing mental problems as well.

 

It’s important to note that Diabetes doesn’t cause dementia, just that both issues spring from the same well of causes.  They are both coming from foods that force the body to create new metabolic pathways that are harmful to the body.  In the case of Alzheimer’s, the body’s response to chronically high levels of insulin is to create plaques in the brain that essentially take over and replace brain cells.  It’s worth noting that the obese are at a much higher risk of impaired brain function and diabetics are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

 

New estimates say that Alzheimer’s will affect 100 million people by 2050, a crippling number that could bankrupt our healthcare system and our nation.  And that doesn’t include the people with Diabetes that don’t contract dementia.

 

New research indicates that having dementia means that throughout your life, you probably had one or more of the following risk factors.  You lived with chronic high blood sugar levels even in the absence of diabetes,  you ate too many carbohydrates throughout your life, you opted for a low-fat diet that minimized cholesterol, or you had undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.

 

When talking about gluten, most people think that people with Celiac’s disease are the only ones that need to worry about it.  This is because gluten is only thought of in terms of gastrointestinal health but new research indicates that gluten also has an effect on the brain and that we are all sensitive to gluten to greater or lesser degrees.

 

Dr Perlmutter, the President of the Perlmutter Health Institute says “Many of my patients reach me once they have “tried everything” and have been to scores of other doctors in search of help. Whether it’s headaches and migraines, Tourette’s syndrome, seizures, insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, depression, or just some odd set of neurological symptoms with no definite label, one of the first things I do is prescribe the total elimination of gluten from their diets. And the results continue to astound me.”

 

Researchers have known that the cornerstone of all degenerative conditions, including mental conditions, is inflammation.  What has been only recently been figured out is what exactly is causing the inflammation.  Turns out is was gluten and carbs in general.

 

Inflammation is supposed to be something that only shows up for a short time in response to an issue, helps the body deal with that issue, then goes away.  When we constantly introduce gluten into our system, we are keeping our bodies inflamed for long periods of time, causing long term damage.  We already deal with inflammation in our bodies as a way to handle certain diseases.  For instance, arthritis is caused by inflammation in the joints and we handle that with aspirin, which is an anti-inflammatory.  Asthma is handled with anti-inflammatory inhalers.  New evidence shows that taking an aspirin for a heart condition works, not because it thinned the blood but because it reduces swelling in the blood vessels.

 

But the idea that inflammation causes mental disorders has only recently begun to catch on.  But in fact, studies dating back as far as the 1990s show that people who have taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen) for two or more years may have more than a 40 percent reduced risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. At the same time, other studies have clearly shown dramatic elevation of cytokines, the cellular mediators of inflammation, in the brains of individuals suffering from these and other degenerative brain disorders. Today, new imaging technology is finally allowing us to see cells actively involved in producing inflammatory cytokines in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

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1/18 Weightloss Wednesday: Over 175 Lbs Down!

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  I tell you what, the closer I get to my goals, the funner these WLW’s become to do!  As of this morning I’m at 224.8 which means I have lost 175.2 from my heaviest and 5.2 lbs since we started the 28 Day Challenge on January 2nd.  I am amazed everyday at how well a ketogenic diet works for weight loss, it is absolutely amazing!  In fact,  my wife remarked last night that it looked like I was melting away.  So cool!

In other news, I have been using Intermittent Fasting lately, not really out of a desire to use it to lose weight but more of a time saving measure.  Now that I have a night job on top of this blog and my other one, it’s getting more difficult to find the time to do all the things I need to do and being able to skip a meal without it really bothering me is helping me find the time to do everything I need to do.  Skipping meals is definitely NOT something the old 400 lb me could have comfortable done but it still shocks me how easy it is to go 16 hours on just water, even while working a full shift doing heavy labor.

Everything else is going well and I am getting leaner every day.  I love this way of life!

1/18 Weightloss Wednesday: Over 175 Lbs Down!

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Day 15: The Ketogenic Diet and Metabolic Syndrome

The Ketogenic Diet and Metabolic Syndrome

These are the notes from last night’s video in the 28 Day Challenge.  You can join us in the 28 Day Challenge FaceBook Group here, get our FREE 28 Day Ketogenic Meal Plan here, and pick up our recipe and instructional books here.

Statistically, if you are obese you are shaving an average of 20 years off your lifespan.  But it’s not really the obesity that kills you, it’s all the other diseases that come with the obesity like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and dementia.  These are all packaged together under a “catch all” name, metabolic syndrome.

 

Metabolic syndrome is defined by you having at least 3 of 5 symptoms; High blood pressure, obesity, Lipid problems like High triglycerides and low hdl, high blood sugar and cardiovascular disease.  Metabolic Syndrome will probably soon pass smoking as the leading cause of heart disease worldwide.

 

It’s important to remember that obesity is one of the markers for Metabolic Syndrome, not the cause.  There are plenty of thin people with Metabolic Syndrome, they just have to other markers.  Here is our best guess for how it happens.

 

  1. Metabolic Syndrome starts as your body accumulates fat, which is stored near the liver and midsection.  This makes the liver insulin resistant, starting a host of metabolic problems.
  2. Liver insulin resistance makes the pancreas secrete more insulin, driving more fat into the midsection.
  3. Liver tries to transport the fat as triglycerides, driving up bad cholesterol markers.
  4. The insulin makes the muscle tissue around your blood vessels grow, constricting the blood vessels and driving up blood pressure.
  5. The combination of High Blood Pressure, lipid problems and insulin resistance promotes heart disease, driving up the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  6. The fat around the liver can scar the liver causing Non Alcoholic Liver Disease and eventually Cirrhosis.
  7. Insulin resistance in women can cause the ovaries to create more testosterone, resulting in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, excess body hair or infertility.
  8. As insulin resistance grows worse the pancreas wears out which causes Type 2 Diabetes
  9. Insulin is one of the hormones that causes cell-division, high insulin can cause cancer
  10. There is evidence that insulin resistance in the brain causes dementia.

 

The liver’s job is to turn calories from food into Glycogen.  Glycogen is the storage form of glucose.  The liver also turns excess energy into fat but it has to get the fat out of the liver as fast as possible.  If fat get’s “backed up” into the liver, impeding the flow of fat out of the liver, the liver can get very sick, very quickly.

 

Another issue is when the cells throughout the body use the energy to do their various jobs.  When the cells burn fuel, substances called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are the waste products.  ROS cause damage in cells DNA, proteins and membranes and we need help from another part of the cell called peroxisome which are full of antioxidants to neutralize those ROS.  If there is so much ROS that it overwhelms the peroxisome, the cell dies.  Enough cells die and you have Metabolic Syndrome.

 

There are 4 major types of foods that increase this oxidative stress on the body.

 

  1. Trans fats – These are fats that your body can’t process due to their synthetic nature.  They are on their way out but there is currently no nationwide ban on them.  They are usually found in processed food in wrappers on shelves.
  2. Branched Chain Amino Acids – These are necessary for a healthy body unless you are consuming too many.  These Amino Acids are found in high concentrations in corn, therefore they are high in animals who have been fed a high corn diet, which is most beef and pork and some poultry.
  3. Alcohol – OK in small amounts but in excess puts stress on the liver.
  4. Fructose – This is the big bad villain of the story.  If it’s sweet and caloric, it’s fructose and it’s in everything.  Worldwide consumption of fructose has steadily risen for decades, right along with obesity rates.

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