Keto (low-carb) diet causes heart fibrosis, blocks mitochondrial biogenesis

The bad news for the low-carb / keto community keep piling on. There are a number of posts on this blog about studies demonstrating insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity and even sarcopenia as a result of low-carb diets or their close mimetic known as intermittent fasting. Now, the study below provides the first direct evidence that … Read more

Niacinamide may treat depression by improving energetic state

A very interesting study, sent to me by a collaborator who lives in Austria. It demonstrated that depression is accompanied by increased SIRT1 activity (i.e. increased fatty acid oxidation), lower ATP levels and redox balance shifted towards reduction. The study demonstrated that animals without the SIRT1 gene were highly resistant to depression and had high … Read more

Lipolysis / FFA drive breast cancer by promoting estrogen signalling

The evidence for the fat-loving nature of cancer just keeps on accumulating. During the last podcast with Danny and Ray, I mentioned that in cancer cells the enzyme fatty acid synthase (FAS) is actually part of the estrogen receptor (ER) complex. As such, anything that increases the expression/activity of one promotes the other as well. … Read more

Fatty acid oxidation (FAO) inhibition abrogates triple-negative breast cancer

The evidence for the role of excessive FAO in cancer keeps piling on. As many of my readers know, triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most difficult to treat and its proportion of total breast cancer cases has been steadily rising over the last 20 years. When a patient is diagnosed with such a … Read more

Pulmonary hypertension (usually fatal) likely driven by increased fat oxidation (FAO)

Most of my medically inclined readers are familiar with the “mysterious” condition pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). I put “mysterious” in quotes, because mainstream medicine claims that its cause is unknown, its onset is unpredictable, there is no cure, and females are affected 4-5 times more often than males. Sounds familiar? Yet, while we are being … Read more

Burning more fat and less glucose leads to diabetes

I really hope the keto community and other low-carb diet afficionados are taking note of the stream of recent studies that keep demonstrating a causative link between low-carb and/or high-fat diets, fasting, chronic stress, cortisol and diabetes. The evidence at this point is indisputable, no matter how much effort the medical industry puts into trying … Read more

Increased fatty acid synthesis (FAS) is simply a sign of oxygen deficiency / low metabolism

Just a quick post on a study that provides insight as to how increased fatty acid oxidation (FAO) can “paradoxically” result in increased FAS as well, thus leading to a vicious cycle most commonly seen in diabetes and cancer. One of my recent posts discussed a much more recent study that demonstrated the same effect … Read more

Acidosis (Warburg Effect) drives cancer through increased fat oxidation (Randle Cycle)

The evidence continues to pile on that naming the (in)famous observation made by Otto Warburg in regards to cancer an “effect” is one of the most profound falsehoods the medical profession has ever concocted. Almost a century after the Warburg “Effect” term was coined, the evidence rapidly accumulates that the lactic acidosis is not at … Read more

Inhibiting fatty acid synthesis (FAS) dramatically improves sepsis survival rate

Yet another study that points the finger straight at fat as a key factor in one of the most common causes of inpatient hospital mortality – sepsis. Sepsis is currently considered to be a condition of infectious (bacterial) etiology, driven by endotoxin. However, in light of the new findings it may be more appropriate to … Read more

Niacinamide may improve symptoms of ALS

Just over a week ago I posted a thread on ALS being linked to increased fatty acid oxidation (FAO) and as such a decreased glucose availability/oxidation. http://haidut.me/?p=239 Now, the study below further corroborates this FAO-disease association by demonstrating a causative link between a change in the microbiome and the development/progression of ALS. The change in … Read more