Statins may cause insulin resistance by depleting vitamin K

A great study, which both highlights the dangers of statins while also providing a plausible mechanism for those side effects that both FDA and Big Pharma vehemently continue to dispute. This plausible mechanism involves the inhibition of vitamin K2 (MK-4) synthesis, which requires the same enzymes that synthesize cholesterol. As the authors themselves state, vitamin … Read more Statins may cause insulin resistance by depleting vitamin K

High-carb (65%-85%) diets therapeutic in diabetes

Another myth of mainstream medicine continues to (slowly) crumble. The myth of diabetes as the “sugar disease” may be still alive but the evidence against it is quickly mounting. Perhaps the only thing still preventing it from collapsing overnight is the large numbers of Paleo-diet supporters who currently dominate the blogosphere and serve as a … Read more High-carb (65%-85%) diets therapeutic in diabetes

PUFA makes girls fat / lazy / diabetic and exercise futile

Just a few minutes ago I made a post about PUFA (from nuts) increasing risk of diabetes. I just came across another very similar study below. It found that PUFA consumption, in both mice and humans, makes them fat and highly sedentary while also increasing their diabetes risk. MUFA and SFA had no such effects … Read more PUFA makes girls fat / lazy / diabetic and exercise futile

Nut consumption may cause diabetes even without obesity

Such are the findings of this intriguing study, and I suspect the authors probably “massaged” the data a bit in order to avoid getting their study rejected by the peer-review committee. Cases of diabetes II without the presence of obesity are extremely rare, so the finding that nut consumption robustly increases diabetes risk and blood … Read more Nut consumption may cause diabetes even without obesity

PUFA may drive obesity, insulin resistance, liver issues in diabetes II patients

Yet another study where the message is clear – there is nothing “essential” about the PUFA we are bombarded with from all directions be that diet, medical interventions, household products, etc. What makes this study particularly relevant is that PUFA ingestion actually is promoted as one of the healthiest ways to keep weight at bay, … Read more PUFA may drive obesity, insulin resistance, liver issues in diabetes II patients

High levels of DHT may reduce diabetes risk

The title says it all, as the study is quite clear. DHT “…was most consistently associated with a lower level of insulin resistance and lower risk of incident diabetes” in the words of the study’s lead author. The current darling of “aging/obese male” treatments – testosterone (T) – was not associated with lower insulin resistance … Read more High levels of DHT may reduce diabetes risk

Pre-natal Viagra use causes offspring hypertension and maternal diabesity

The study looks weird at first glance – why would pregnant women take Viagra? After all, it is a drug initially developed for treating hypertension and erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Well, the same misguided idea of using nitric oxide (NO) promoting drugs like Viagra to induce vasodilation has now been applied to the field … Read more Pre-natal Viagra use causes offspring hypertension and maternal diabesity

The keto diet works only for a week, then it causes obesity and diabetes

A great study that goes a long way towards dispelling the currently dominant dietary fad – the keto diet, as well as various other functionally equivalent diets such as Paleo, Warrior, intermittent fasting, etc. As the study unequivocally demonstrates, the reductions in blood sugar and weight while on a low-carb happens only during the first … Read more The keto diet works only for a week, then it causes obesity and diabetes

America’s favorite oil causes diabetes, obesity, autism, and liver / brain disease

A series of shockingly direct studies that do not shy away from pointing the finger at the real villain in modern public health history – PUFA, and more specifically the “essential” linoleic acid (LA). As the studies demonstrate, soy oil has strikingly detrimental effects on metabolic health and the main culprit, at least as far … Read more America’s favorite oil causes diabetes, obesity, autism, and liver / brain disease

Progesterone may treat diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome

Interesting new study, which adds more to the already existing mountain of evidence for the benefit of progesterone in a variety of conditions of metabolic origin. While the study does not mention any specific doses, it is known that the receptor (PGRMC2) whose activation the study found to be beneficial for diabetes/obesity, is activated by … Read more Progesterone may treat diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome