Low-dose niacinamide has striking anti-obesity effects

It looks like the medical world has firmly set its sights on the bioenergetic wave/target, as the number of scientific papers focusing on niacinamide, NAD/NADH ratio and OXPHOS in general has been steadily climbing since 2010. That would be good news, despite the attempts of companies such as ChromaDex to fully “own” that market by … Read more

Endotoxin (LPS) drives obesity, diabetes and CVD in young people

It looks like medicine is starting to change course on its attitude to endotoxin (LPS). After claiming that LPS is not an issue at all for any human with a functioning liver, a number of high profile studies have come out recently demonstrating chronic endotoxemia (even low-grade) is a causal factor in a number of … Read more

Lactate is a key driver of diabetes/obesity, by promoting inflammation

A great study, demonstrating that in diabetes (just as in cancer) the so-called Warburg Effect (aerobic glycolysis) is as much a cause of those degenerative conditions as it is an effect of. The study below demonstrated that increased intracellular lactate results in robust increase in systemic release of inflammatory cytokines, resulting in aggravation of systemic … Read more

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