Dietary fat, not carbs or protein, makes people fat

The study below adds some evidence to the debate that is has been raging for decades – i.e. just what dietary component contributes the most to weight gain. The current favorite “villain” of clinical nutrition are carbohydrates, especially their easily digestible form such as sucrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, etc. The public space is littered with … Read more Dietary fat, not carbs or protein, makes people fat

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 Levothyroxine (T4) monotherapy often ineffective for hypothyroidism

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

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

Vitamin D Reduces Blood Sugar And Body Fat In Obese Women

A neat study, albeit lasting much longer (about 1.5 years) than most other intervention studied with vitamin D. What makes this study particularly interesting is that it only used high doses vitamin D (60,000 IU once weekly) initially until blood levels rose into the normal range. It did not seek to achieve a specific target … Read more Vitamin D Reduces Blood Sugar And Body Fat In Obese Women

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