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Obesity is not a Cause of Diabetes or Heart Disease

Recent information on the media said that almost 10% of health spending in the U.S. is on persons with obesity. This amounts to an extra $1400 per person per year or 147 Billion dollars. The implication is that obese persons are prone to get more diabetes and heart disease.

The real connection is that eating or drinking foods containing sugars and simple starches causes diabetes and heart disease along with obesity. Some doctors say that when their patients lose as few as ten or twenty pounds, they decrease chances of diabetes or heart disease. Doesn’t it make sense to suggest that in order to lose those pounds they had to change their diet and have fewer sugars or other carbohydrates?

Remember consuming excess sugar raises insulin which “opens the gates” for all cells to absorb blood glucose. If it’s not used immediately for energy it becomes fat.

Excess blood glucose also combines with the proteins in the cell walls of blood vessels in a process called glycation that makes these cell walls stiffer and prone to injury leading to a collection of cholesterol at the site.

Even worse, high-fructose corn syrup, present in soft drinks and more and more foods in the past twenty or thirty years causes the person’s liver to make the “bad” LDL-cholesterol and also blood fats (tri-glycerides) from the high-fructose corn syrup. The excess cholesterol is easily oxidized and becomes part of the plaque that clogs blood vessels.

By 1970 as the use of lard and butter went down, sugar consumption increased to 100 pounds of sugar per person per year. By 2005, the use of sweeteners, especially High-fructose corn syrup, went to 150 pounds per person per year. During this time, many low-fat and no-fat foods were used by most people. The fattest people say they eat no fat at all and continually get fatter.

Studies on mice show that when they get no fat in their diet, the enzymes in their livers that turn dietary carbohydrates into fat increase by 2600%.

Obese Sumo wrestlers on balanced diets don’t suffer from lots of diabetes or heart disease so it seems simplistic to think that obesity itself causes these conditions.

Excess proteins can also be turned easily into blood glucose and then fat.

Eating a moderate amount of fat doesn’t make you fat. It keeps you from getting hungry and binging on sugars. Your body is not genetically programmed to use all that sugar. The result is an increase of diabetes and heart disease along with obesity.