The Epidemic of Metabolic Diseases
There is an epidemic running rampant in the United States that effects the lives of millions of people every year. The epidemic of metabolic disease.
What is metabolic disease? It is a disease where you cannot properly break down substances for energy.
The typical examples are: type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, hypothyroidism, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Rather than using the energy from the food you eat, your body stores it. It is left in your body to cause even more problems like inflammation, oxidation, and high blood sugar.
Metabolic diseases in American society mainly come from:
- the Standard American Diet (SAD)
- high levels of stress
- sedentary lifestyles
These factors all contribute to the development of insulin resistance.
“Insulin resistance” is a condition in which the body is unable to effectively use the hormone, insulin. This hormone is the major player in your ability to metabolize carbohydrate. So, if you are resistant to its effects, they you end up with problematic metabolism.
When the body cannot use insulin, it leads to a hormone imbalance that causes metabolic diseases. Sadly, this means that you cannot properly utilize certain fuels (carbohydrates).
Insulin Resistance & Hyperinsulinemia
Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s are only a few of the metabolic diseases that spawn from insulin resistance. These diseases are so linked that there is really no way to have one without having or eventually getting the others.
Sadly, millions of people in the United States fall victim to this epidemic of chronic and progressive metabolic diseases every year.
Following the conventional advice for treatment of these diseases will only put a band-aid over the symptoms without ever addressing the root cause – insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia.
While evidence relates insulin resistance to hyperinsulinemia, the exact mechanism is debated. Which one causes the other? It’s a classic chicken an egg scenario.
Dr. Shanik and Dr. Xu published a study that “figured it out.”
Their concluding sentence: “In summary, hyperinsulinemia is often both a result and a driver of insulin resistance.”
Not very conclusive, is it? Thus is the life of medicine and biology. It is often very hard to “figure it out.”
It will take more time and research. But for right now, we can take solace in the fact that there is a relationship between the two.
More importantly, we can all agree on the problems that are associated with these disorders:
- type two diabetes
- high blood sugar
- cardiovascular disease
Root Cause Analysis
Tackling the root cause of this epidemic starts with changing the Standard American Diet. All the heavily processed and refined foods prevalent in the world are the leading cause of insulin resistance.
These foods are loaded with empty carbs and have little to no nutritional value to them. The abundance of carbohydrate consumed when eating the SAD takes a toll on the body. It leads to insulin resistance.
Once the body has developed insulin resistance, no drug or pharmaceutical can really fix or prevent the development of metabolic diseases. They only prolong the inevitable with vicious side effects along the way. They put Band-Aids on the symptoms rather than actually fixing the problem.
To put an end to this epidemic, it is time to revise the SAD. Instead of processed garbage, all natural and healthy fats need to be the predominant source of calories in the American diet.
Instead of more manufactured food and medicine, a holistic approach to diet needs to be the predominant solution to metabolic diseases. It is time to take health seriously and quit relying on a “magic pill” to cure diseases caused by unhealthy living.
It is time to adopt a Low Carb – High Fat (LCHF) diet as the SAD and put an end to the epidemic of metabolic diseases.
 Shanik MH, Xu Y, Skrha J, Dankner R, Zick Y, Roth J. (2008). Insulin Resistance and Hyperinsulinemia: Is hyperinsulinemia the cart or the horse?. Diabetes Care 31(Supplement 2): S262-S268.