Endotoxin (LPS) as a cause of liver disease, obesity and diabetes

The first article below is actually about praising fermented foods, which I don’t really agree with. So, I am posting it mostly because of the quote on endotoxin/LPS, which is a very rare finding in published medical literature since medicine does not recognize chronic, low-grade endotoxemia as a cause of any disease and claims the … Read more

Cortisol causes fatty liver (as well as obesity, diabetes, etc)

Not really a surprise for most of my readers, but it is always nice to see more evidence establishing various disorders attributed to “gluttony”, “weak will”, “addiction”, etc as actual endocrine disturbances. And since the current study implicates cortisol, we can point the finger once again at (chronic) stress. While the current study mostly focused … Read more

DHEA causes fat-loss and improved glucose metabolism in humans

Another study corroborating the role of DHEA as one of the “youth” hormones. A recent study already demonstrated that DHEA can reverse aging of the human immune system, which usually goes hand in hand with lower cortisol and improved metabolism. The proven anti-cortisol effects of DHEA are probably the reason behind its effects on decreasing … Read more

Almost half of obese adults are (metabolically) healthy

A seemingly contradictory title, but only to people who are not aware of the so-called “obesity paradox“. As I have mentioned in the past, usage of the word “paradox” usually implies a very inconvenient truth that threatens the profits of one or more branches of mainstream medicine. In this case of the obesity “paradox”, it … Read more

Estrogens cause obesity / PCOS in women, DHT is protective

Female obesity and the closely related condition PCOS are perhaps the female equivalent of the so-called “androgen hypothesis” for balding and prostate cancer in men, as the female version of this hypothesis not only blames androgens for these conditions but specifically singles out DHT as the main “villain”. The mainstream medical dogma is that a … 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

Fasting ineffective for shrinking belly fat, may actually increase it

Hopefully, this study will give some serious food for thought to people who use (intermittent) fasting (IF) with the goal of losing excess weight. A recent post of mine discussed that IF is ineffective for fat loss and actually leads to loss of lean mass. The lead author of that study, himself an IF practitioner … Read more

DHT better (and safer) than testosterone for improving blood pressure, insulin levels

A great human study on the beneficial effects of androgens for a variety of metabolic biomarkers associated with insulin resistance and diabetes II. The only gripe I have with this study is that they claim it was conducted with “healthy” men when in reality all men had low plasma total testosterone (PTT), which of course … Read more

Even mainstream medicine admits many claims about sugar are myths

It is always nice to see when a outpost of mainstream medicine tries to set the record straight on something as controversial as refined sugar. My personal favorites are the myths on sugar and causal links to diabetes / cancer. Apparently, there is solid evidence those links are myths. Yet, every doctor I ever met … Read more

Stress (cortisol) as the driver of hyperglycemia in type II diabetes

To most of my readers, the title of the post may seem like something completely obvious and not deserving explanation of clarification. However, according to mainstream medicine (until now, at least) cortisol does not really have a causative role either in the development of diabetes type II or in its various manifestations such as obesity, … Read more