Study: Fat People Cheaper To Treat (‘Why?’)

From the Netherlands, a study showing that fat people (and smokers!) spend less on health care, and cost less to treat, even for systems with socialized medicine. And can you guess why? Oh, it’s because they die way sooner. Those pesky thin non-smokers just live and live; they’re very annoying. The researchers found that from […]

Part 9:  …Especially Fructose

(Back to Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, or Eight) One piece of advice that you wouldn’t imagine to be controversial, at least, is to minimize your intake of sugar. But even here, the mainstream voice can surprise: the American Diabetes Association still to this day says that for diabetics, “Sucrose-containing foods can […]

Part 8: Insulin, High Blood Sugar, and Dementia

(Back to Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, or Seven) By the 1990’s, researchers started reporting that heart disease and Alzheimer’s seemed to share risk factors: hypertension, atherosclerosis, and smoking were all associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The connection with insulin and high blood sugar is concrete: “Type 2 diabetics have […]

Part 7: Safety Second — Deficiency

(Back to Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, or Six) Will a low-carb diet lead to diseases of deficiency? It shouldn’t, because we don’t actually restrict the bulk of fruits and vegetables. Only refined sugar, flour, bread, potatoes, rice, beer, and those foods composed chiefly of these need be restricted. This leaves a rather large […]

Part 6: Safety First — Excess

(Back to Parts One, Two, Three, Four, or Five) Is a low-carb diet safe? A diet that is lower in carbohydrates is by necessity higher in protein and fat. And everybody knows that’s supposed to be trouble, right? After all, researchers have been focusing on dietary fat and cholesterol for a long, long time as […]

Part 5: Prescription

(Back to Parts One, Two, Three, or Four) Well, it’s pretty obvious what this has been leading up to, isn’t it? The only thing that can cause fat loss is a low insulin level, and to do that, you have to restrict carbohydrates. You can either do that by restricting total calories, or by restricting […]

Part 4: Insulin, Hunger and Satiety

(Back to Parts One, Two, or Three) Suppose you have some lab rats. If offered rat chow, they’ll eat until they’re satisfied, and then stop. But what, exactly, triggers that satisfied feeling? What makes a rat happy? What makes a rat hungry? Proponents of high-fiber diets claim that adding fiber to meals helps promote a […]

Gary Taubes Interview on Quirks and Quarks

Alert Reader and Industry Figure Stephen Newell sends a note about a nice interview with Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories (Knopf, 2007), on the CBC’s Quirks and Quarks radio program. The show’s web page about the the interview is here, and has some helpful links, and the interview itself is available as […]

Part 3: Insulin and Diabetes

(Back to Parts One or Two) Well, we could keep dancing around the subject, but we’re going to have to talk about insulin sooner or later. But we’ll need a good segue. We can’t just rush into it cold. Hmm. So…ah! “Speaking of metabolic disorders…”, there’s the metabolic disorder, Syndome X, the Metabolic Syndrome. What […]

Obesity as a Metabolic Disorder, Part 2

(Back to Part One) Well, this business of genetically-obese mice, that’s not so convincing, is it? I mean, they’re mice, not humans, and specially-fat mice, not normal humans, and they get fat on most any diet, not just on certain diets. Doesn’t seem too compelling. No, that was irony, just now. I’ve got all kinds […]