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Life Extension Magazine July 2011
As We See It

An Epidemic of Denial

By William Faloon
Chronically Bloated Bloodstreams an Obesity Culprit

Chronically Bloated Bloodstreams an Obesity Culprit

Another culprit involved in age-related weight gain is that our bloodstreams become chronically bloated with glucose, insulin, and triglycerides.60-64 One reason for this is that aging people lose their sensitivity to insulin.

As glucose accumulates in the bloodstream, the pancreas secretes insulin to reduce blood glucose. (Type 2 diabetes results when the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels as cells throughout the body lose sensitivity to insulin.) In the presence of high fasting insulin (hyperinsulinemia), sustained weight loss can become difficult to achieve.

A diet high in unhealthy fats and simple carbohydrates results in chronically elevated blood triglyceride levels. These triglycerides further impair insulin sensitivity and contribute to glucose dysregulation and elevated insulin levels.65

Life Extension’s longstanding position is that diabetes and obesity prevention begins by eating less calories. Futhermore, blocking the negative impact of excess amounts of simple carbohydrate and fat calories by taking certain nutrients and/or drugs before heavy meals can also reduce the calorie burden.

Further steps to improve systemic insulin sensitivity can result in a reversal of metabolic derangements associated with obesity, including the insulin resistance observed in the majority of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Study subjects taking the new dual plant extract showed reductions in triglyceride and glucose blood levels.50 This indicates these plants are functioning across a broad spectrum of biological activities to correct underlying metabolic imbalances that predispose aging humans to weight gain.

Physicians Urged to Recognize Today’s Obesity Epidemic

As I was writing this editorial, a commentary appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) discussing the difficulties of examining obese patients because of the thick layer of adipose (fat) tissue that envelopes their vital tissues. It suggested that physicians better educate themselves in order to ensure good care of obese patients.67

The JAMA article opened up by stating, “The notion of the standard 70 kilogram (154 pound) patient is outdated.”

The sad fact is that this deadly epidemic is spreading across all ages including one-third of 9-month-olds who are already obese or overweight.68

A Powerful New Weapon…

According to the US Depart-ment of Agriculture, Americans consumed an extra 331 calories each day in the year 2006, compared with 1978. That translates into roughly 34 pounds of stored body fat.66

Virtually everyone consumes excess calories that they could cut out without depriving themselves. It is not unreasonable for a doctor to ask an overweight patient to determine which calories are the least important and to delete these from one’s normal diet. Examples are eliminating bread and butter before a meal or a dessert after a meal if these are not vital to achieving satiety. Once one gets used to cutting calories that are not that important, it is easy to stay away from them over the long term. An article in this month’s issue by the founders of the CR Way Program sheds new light on the multiple benefits that occur when humans reduce their calorie burdens.

A problem most in the Western world face is that they consume too many calories even when trying to cut back. This is why it is so important for anyone seeking to lose weight (and live longer) to reduce the number of ingested calories that make it into the bloodstream. Fortunately, there are nutrients and safe medications that neutralize enzymes in the digestive tract that break down food for rapid absorption into the bloodstream. We urge any overweight member to take nutrients and/or medications before meals that impede calorie absorption to lower blood glucose, insulin, and triglycerides.

A Powerful New Weapon…

You might think that cutting back a bit on how much you eat and impeding absorption of fats and carbohydrates would induce considerable weight loss. For some individuals, significant weight loss will occur. For most overweight and obese individuals, however, they need to improve calorie utilization at the cellular level and mobilize their surplus fat stores in order to achieve a safe body weight.

Fortunately, a novel dual plant extract technology has been developed that functions to inhibit the development of bloated, dysfunctional adipocytes, impede the uptake of fatty acids into adipocytes, and facilitate the breakdown of stored lipids in existing adipocytes.

The dual plant extract described in the first article in this month’s issue provides a powerful new weapon for those seeking to achieve healthier body weight, especially when it comes to reducing stubborn visceral fat that accumulates in the bellies of so many aging individuals.

For longer life,

For Longer Life

William Faloon


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