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Low Carb High Fat eating and Health

General health related news and LCHF news...
 
This is a blog of various articles that I find interesting and I curate them to stay on this topic with about 3 to 9 posts per month in this group. Anyone is free to comment and discuss the posts as long as it stays on the topic of the post.

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  • Danie van der Merwe
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    What is LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) Way of Eating?

    It involves eating more natural & good fats and few carbohydrates.

    There are four sources of energy for the human body:

    * Protein
    * Fat
    * Carbohydrate
    * Alcohol

    According to the mainstream Food Pyramid, it is recommended that we eat mostly by carbs, a little protein and very less fat – as energy for our body. But in LCHF WOE (Way of Eating), the main source of energy is fat, not carbohydrate. "Main" does not mean "only" and nor does it mean ...  more
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    Non-invasive glucose monitor EasyGlucose takes home Microsoft’s Imagine Cup and $100K

    EasyGlucose takes advantage of machine learning’s knack for spotting the signal in noisy data, in this case the tiny details of the eye’s iris. It turns out, as creator Brian Chiang explained in his presentation, that the iris’s “ridges, crypts, and furrows” hide tiny hints as to their owner’s blood glucose levels.

    These features aren’t the kind of thing you can see with the naked eye (or rather, on the naked...  more
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    Obesity: Study of 2.8 million shows increased disease and death risks

    A major study has highlighted the scale of the obesity problem in the UK, with a significant risk of death and disease attached to weight gain.

    People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30-35 were at 70% higher risk of developing heart failure than their healthy weight peers (18.5-25 BMI).

    The study of 2.8 million adults showed even slightly overweight people were twice as likely to get Type 2 diabetes.

    The study's author, Ch...  more
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    Multivitamins Are a Waste of Money for Most People - Research suggests that taking vitamin supplements isn’t helpful unless you’re working with your doctor to address a specific deficiency

    Most of us want to get healthy and stay healthy. Whether you have a specific health or fitness goal or your goal is to achieve that nebulous thing, “wellness,” chances are you’ve thought about taking a multivitamin before. About a third of American adults say they take multivitamins, according to the National...  more
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    American Diabetes Association endorses low-carb diet as an option

    A recent consensus statement from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that people with diabetes be offered individualized medical nutrition therapy, rather than be given the “one-size-fits-all” advice to count carbohydrates and restrict calories. Included in options that should be offered to patients are low-carbohydrate diets.

    This is a major change from previous guidance from the ADA stating that “Low-carbohydra...  more
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    People Are Clamoring to Buy Old Insulin Pumps with a security flaw which can be hacked to create a DIY artificial pancreas for patients with type 1 diabetes

    In 2014, a few hackers realized that the security flaw in certain Medtronic pumps could be exploited for a DIY revolution. Type 1 diabetes is a disease where the pancreas is unable to produce insulin to control blood sugar. For years, Boss had counted, down to the gram, the carbohydrates in every meal and told his pump how much insulin to d...  more
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    What to Do When Your Allergy Meds Stop Working - Happens to me a few times a year and worth noting air pollution also now plays a role

    I used to be a guinea pig for my doctor when I was younger and went through every known new type of anti-allergy remedy including asthma nasal sprays. Back then some were pretty potent and would basically knock me out. But the linked article below does give some pretty sensible and solid advice as far as medicine choices go (it does not delve into alternative tr...  more
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    Why do governments trust Big Pharma more than their citizens? Should they not insist drug companies reveal the costs of research especially if grants are given?

    Italy has come up with a plan to slash the cost of medicines by May. But for the strategy to work, they need everyone to get on board.

    Drug companies have also used the cost of researching and developing new medicines to justify their high prices. However, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this year f...  more
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    Word is spreading about how low-carb eating can reverse type 2 diabetes

    Ask the general public about type 2 diabetes and the vast majority won’t know yet that the increasingly-diagnosed disorder can often be put into remission with low-carb, keto eating.

    However, word is starting to trickle out now via mainstream media. The popular city magazine, Boston, recently published an article highlighting the work of Virta Health and its research success in helping to reverse patients’ type 2 diabetes....  more
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    Landmark diabetes report says low-carb is a top option

    A recent Western Australia government inquiry may result in a huge public health breakthrough for treatment of type 2 diabetes. The result of the inquiry, a report titled, “The Food Fix: The role of diet in type 2 diabetes prevention and management,” calls for low-carbohydrate diets to be one of three options formally offered to patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

    The report, submitted by the Education and Health Standing Committee of...  more
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    Should you be afraid of cholesterol on a low-carb diet? No, but maybe so if you are on a medium to high-carb diet

    An insurance company was worried that high LDL level would cause a prospective client to have a heart attack. After all, atherosclerosis plaques are filled with LDL cholesterol so high circulating levels must cause it, right?

    No, this myopic perspective ignores the fact that both LDL and cholesterol are essential for good health. Indeed, they’re essential for life full stop. And LD...  more
    What drives the process where good LDL turns into harmful LDL? Is it fat or carbohydrates? What is the impact of fluctuating blood-sugar levels? How is lifespan affected by statins, and what about the side effects?

    In this presentation from the Low Carb Denver 2019 conference, Dr. Paul Mason talks about what damages LDL particles.

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    A bad diet kills more people globally than tobacco, according to research published Wednesday in the Lancet - Better eating could prevent one in five deaths worldwide

    Don’t feel bad about your $12 avocado toast. Have it on whole grain with a side of fruit, and consider your life lengthened.

    When governments urge you to regulate your diet, they usually focus on limiting the intake of unhealthy foods, such as processed meat, sugar and trans fat. Less emphasis is placed on encouraging people to e...  more