Obesity Causes Inflammation

Posted on December 23, 2008. Filed under: inflammation, Obesity Dangers | Tags: , , , |

Over the years, I have read many articles that discuss the concept of excess body fat causing an inflammation response in the body that can be deadly. Studies have shown that excess weight in the mid-section seems to be the most dangerous.

Inflammation can be responsible for the following conditions: thrombosis, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, arthritis, and insulin resistance.

Scientists now are looking at fat as an organ.  They found that the fat cells “adipocytes” have several jobs.  Adipocytes release vital energy-producing fatty acids and also store the fatty acids for later use.  It is also responsible for releasing hormones that help to regulate body weight.  Scientists have learned that for the overweight and the obese they are also releasing inflammatory chemicals.

By controlling the amount of fat storage in your body you will improve and prevent many diseases.  Eating less and having healthy food choices along with exercise on a regular basis are still the best ways to treat obesity and prevent disease.

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Obesity During Pregnancy Can Cause Birth Defects

Posted on May 21, 2008. Filed under: Obesity Dangers | Tags: , |

 

Smoking during pregnancy and maternal obesity before pregnancy are risk factors for some major birth defects and for premature birth. This statement comes from the article found at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24752812/

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Type 2 Diabetes and Pregnancy

Posted on April 28, 2008. Filed under: Type 2 Diabetes | Tags: , , , , |

I just came across 2 great articles that discussed the obesity/type 2 diabetes epidemic in the younger generation.

I quote from: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24315277/:
“Diabetes can be a dangerous complication during pregnancy, endangering the mother and also raising the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or birth defects, said Jean M. Lawrence, lead author of the study published in the May issue of the journal Diabetes Care. ”

“The rise in diabetes in pregnant women is “a big problem” because it’s probably a nationwide trend occurring hand-in-hand with obesity, which also carries other risk factors for birth complications, said Dr. Raul Artal, chairman of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health at St. Louis University’s School of Medicine in Missouri. ”

Another quote from: http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/healthday/080428/pre-pregnancy-diabetes-rates-have-doubled.htm
“It’s important to recognize with the increase in overweight and obesity, more women than ever will be entering their reproductive years with diabetes,” said study author Jean Lawrence, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, in Bellflower, Calif. And, she added, “having diabetes during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage early in pregnancy and the risk of stillbirth later in pregnancy. It also increases the chances of having a baby with birth defects, and it may result in larger babies and more difficult deliveries.”

“We saw an increase in type 2 diabetes. That’s due to the increase in overweight and obesity. Also, type 2 is being diagnosed at younger ages,” said Lawrence, who suggested that women do whatever they can to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by eating a healthful diet, maintaining a proper weight and being active. She said there’s no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes. “

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Type 2 Diabetes Cause?/Treatment

Posted on April 28, 2008. Filed under: Type 2 Diabetes | Tags: , , , |

Diet and Lifestyle – the root of our health epidemic
I have come across many articles that attribute diet and lifestyle to the rapidly rising type 2 diabetes epedemic in out country. Let’s face it, as our overwieght and obesity epidemic rises, so do the other heath issues such as type 2 diabetes. Could there be a connection??

Wrong Foods in Excess Amounts:
The body was designed to eat real food in a moderate amount. We eat to sustain life and to enable our body to perform its physiological and metabolic functions and to repair itself. When we eat too much and of the wrong types of foods – processed, refined, staturated fats, trans fats, sugary – we damage our organs so they do not respond as they should.

High Blood Sugar Levels and Insulin
Everything we eat is converted into glucose. When we eat too much and when we eat sugary and processed foods, we are flooding our arteries with excess sugar. The body responds by secreting insulin to metabolize the glucose. Now this is normal, healthy and necessary, but over use or abuse can damage the pancreas and insulin receptor cells so that they do not perform normally.

The Connection Between Fat and Glucose Levels
Taken directly from an article in Life Extension Magazine – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2000/dec2000_report_diabetes_2.html
Excess weight increases the body’s demand on insulin, putting pressure on pancreatic beta cells to produce more of the hormone, until basically the supply can’t meet the demand and the body becomes insensitive to insulin. Studies have also shown that obesity increases levels of free fatty acids in the body, which may impede the body’s insulin metabolic clearance. Obesity has also been related to hormonal abnormalities, namely elevated cortisol and estrogens and waning androgens, both of which act to regulate fat when operating at proper levels.Excess weight increases the body’s demand on insulin, putting pressure on pancreatic beta cells to produce more of the hormone, until basically the supply can’t meet the demand and the body becomes insensitive to insulin. Studies have also shown that obesity increases levels of free fatty acids in the body, which may impede the body’s insulin metabolic clearance. Obesity has also been related to hormonal abnormalities, namely elevated cortisol and estrogens and waning androgens, both of which act to regulate fat when operating at proper levels.

The good news is, from what i have read, is that we can prevent, control and reverse type 2 diabetes with a change in diet, weight loss and exercise!

 

 

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