Alzheimer’s patients have lower metabolic rate and higher fatty acid oxidation

Just a quick post in regards to a study that found the drug donepezil – commonly used to “treat” Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) – may improve mitochondrial function in muscles. While the findings of the study in regards to donepezil are debatable and not particularly interesting, buried inside the actual study is the finding that AD … Read more

Metabolically, children are different species compared to adults

A great study, which once again puts metabolism in the spotlight. Many studies have tried to discover the main biological differences between children and adults and so far none of them have discovered a “smoking gun”. At the same time, multiple studies have demonstrated that children are much more resilient to both infections and “adult” … Read more

Replacing starch with sucrose increases metabolism, prevent obesity

A study that will certainly generate controversy in the low-carb blogosphere, but the findings are hard to dispute. Namely, feeding a diet for 15 weeks, in which 74.3% of the calories come from carbs in the form of starch was clearly obesogenic, caused insulin resistance and elevated blood glucose, triglycerides, and free fatty acids (FFA). … Read more

Levothyroxine (T4) monotherapy often ineffective for hypothyroidism

As most of my readers know, the currently approved therapy for hypothyroidism is levothyroxine (T4). While technically T3 and combined T4/T3 therapy are also approved by FDA, the former is only used in severe cases of myxedema and the latter is considered obsolete and a remnant of the days when the use of natural dessicated … Read more