The most common form of diabetes, type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) accounts for over 90% of all diabetes globally according to the WHO. While there are genetic markers and certain viruses that can alter the risk of getting the disease if you have an unhealthy lifestyle. The best predictors of who will develop the disease are lifestyle factors. In the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program, patients in the lifestyle modification arm of the study were told to change five things.
Packaged foods used to contain butter and other animal fats, but when scientists learned how unhealthy those were, manufacturers needed a replacement. They needed a saturated fat that was solid at room temperature, which was shelf-stable and did not go rancid. Trans fat (vegetable oils which were artificially saturated by bubbling hydrogen through them) fit the bill and were touted as the healthy alternative to butter and lard. Unfortunately, trans fats have turned out to be
In 1978 a six-year-old German girl developed a diarrheal illness. Researchers isolated a newly discovered virus from her stool, which they labeled Adenovirus 36. What happened to that particular girl is unknown, but subsequent research has shown that large numbers of people have been infected with this particular virus. Adenovirus 36 seems unique among the human viruses isolated so far because it seems to be a cause of obesity. A recent study of studies (meta-analysis) showed
Nathan Pritikin was a remarkable man, who was definitely ahead of his time. Dr. John McDougall (who we follow at Dr. Allen Wellness), considers him one of his greatest mentors.
In his forties, this smart engineer and inventor, was diagnosed with near-fatal heart disease. He refused to believe his cardiologist, who told him that diet and exercise had nothing to do with his condition. He began researching and discovered that heart disease was almost unheard of in African popu
You have approximately 100,000 miles of arteries in your body and they are all connected. The healthier they are, the healthier you are. Until a few years ago, we had numerous indirect ways to assess the overall risks based on factors like blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and inflammatory markers. These were very valuable and a good way to assess likelihoods, but there was not a very good way to actually assess the overall level of disease in the arterial tree. Now we