Metabolic Syndrome and the Effects of Ketosis Presented by Peter Attia
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Metabolic Syndrome and the Effects of Ketosis Presented by Peter Attia

I am not a Doctor, I’m an avid researcher and when I find something interesting I study it in depth. Ketosis and the science related has really opened the door for understanding more about why our bodies perform the way they do and how I can use that information to my advantage.

The information below is derived first from a video presentation by Dr. Peter Attia and a little further research by me to outline more clearly, Metabolic Syndrome. These are not my opinions.

Before we get in to how Ketosis could help you eliminate Metabolic Syndrome, I’d like to clarify: there’s not a one size fits all diet. Losing weight can be done a hundred different ways. This information (for me, and many like me) serves as an overall betterment and guide for clarity of mind and improved body function and isn’t just some fat loss program. Although, fat loss is a product of Ketosis.

Metabolic Syndrome

If you have 3 of these, you’ve got it.

1.) Your Waist is Larger Than…

If you’re a woman and your waistline is greater than 35 inches or a man with a waistline greater than 40 inches.

How to find out? This one’s easy. Measure it!

2.) Your Triglyceride Levels are too High

Triglycerides are a type of fat in your blood. Your body uses Triglycerides for energy. However, high levels causes problems for your heart.

You might be overweight, consuming too many carbs, a smoker, little physical activity, disease, meds and some genetic disorders.

How to find out? Blood test (usually accompanied as a lipid panel (triglycerides, cholesterol, and HDL).

You’re in trouble: 150 milligrams per deciliter,(mg/dL), or 1.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), or higher of this type of fat found in blood

3.) Your (HDL) Cholesterol is too Low

HDL helps to remove the LDL “bad cholesterol” from the walls of your arteries.

You might have uncontrolled diabetes, are a smoker, too sedentary, overweight, lousy diet, and in some cases genetics.

How to find out? Blood test (usually accompanied as a lipid panel (triglycerides, cholesterol, and HDL).

You’re in trouble: Less than 40 mg/dL (1.04 mmol/L) in men or less than 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L) in women of this “good” cholesterol

4.) High Blood Pressure

The force of blood against the arteries’ walls.

You might be overweight, drink too much alcohol, are a smoker, and/or have family history of High Blood Pressure.

How to find out: A simple blood pressure test from your doctor, nurse, or machine at the Pharmacy.

You’re in trouble: 130/85 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher

5.) Fasting Blood Sugar is Too High

Is your body able to regulate blood glucose properly?

How to find out: prick your finger and test the blood with a Glucometer.

You’re in trouble: 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) or higher

Metabolic Syndrome

Can lead to (insulin resistance) and:

  1. Cancer
  2. Alzheimer’s Disease
  3. Obesity (marker for something else going on)
  4. Diabetes
  5. Stroke
  6. Coronary Heart Disease

Now that you understand Metabolic Syndrome, watch this video. You’ll learn why a diet high in fat (80% of daily calories) may help to improve your physical performance and overall health. Below, you’ll find some of my notes.

Note: this video is from 2013

NOTES:

Ketosis – Process of your body that turns fat in to 3 molecules. Our liver can make the compounds – they get selectively consumed by our body (muscles loves them, heart loves them, brain loves them).

 

Why does our body do this? – Liver stores glucose – it can release it to the brain. Muscle stores more glucose – but it can’t leave the muscle. If your brain is dependent on glucose – we couldn’t go very long about without it.

 

40 Day Fast – Glucose fell – Then the ketones took over (body making ketones). Same process happens when you limit carbs and large amounts of protein (normal amounts are okay).

There are a lot of ways to lose weight – doesn’t mean they’re healthy.

 

Where does the fat go? – Visceral fat (on the inside) – This is what you must remove to avoid insulin resistance. You’re not storing the fat you’re consuming.

 

Performance – Ion Transport -they exist in gradients – allows you to move and think (costs energy) – Energy Expensive

 

Muscle Contraction – many involuntary actions – Everything our body optimizes around this process.

 

How do we get phosphate to our cells?

  1. Creatine Phosphate – Runs out very quickly.
  2. Anerobic Pathway – “running a quarter mile, aerobic” – outside the cell, mitochondria (has oxygen).
  3. Glycogen / Fatty Acid  (& Ketones) – more efficient way. Anaerobic.

We need ATP quickly. Great athletes can deliver on volume.

Take away:

  1. Oxidizing fat is more efficient than using glycogen.
  2. BUT there are some circumstances when only glycogen will do.

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you got a lot out of the video! If something stood out to you, please share in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

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