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SOME BENEFITS OF A VEGAN DIET VOL. 1 NO. 45


Low fat plant based diets have been shown to improve glycemic control, blood lipid concentrations, blood pressure and weight. Diet acceptance is similar to that of other diets.

Researchers, N D Barnard et al. 1, conducted a 20-week low fat plant based diet intervention measuring any benefits of a Vegan diet vs. a control group given a B12 vitamin pill as a placebo control. Body weight and BMI (body mass index) showed a greater decrease in intervention group, and blood sugar greatly declined in the intervention group only. The researchers also observed a decrease in the effects of neuropathy in type 2 diabetics as well as the control group. The intervention group reported less pain caused by neuropathy when given various pain questionnaires. The control group also reported improvements in self-reported pain.

studies-show-vegan-diets-are-lacking-in-saturated-animal-fat-cholesterol-carcinogens-violence-suffering-and-deathBernard et al. 1 conducting this pilot intervention found similar results with other smaller studies that were focused on improvements in neuropathic pain and symptoms with the dietary intervention. A study by Crane and Sample2 used a reduced calorie, low fat, plant based diet with exercise for 25 days. 81% of participants in the study reported complete remission of symptoms. The remaining participants reported partial amelioration of their symptoms. Other noted changes included weight-loss decreased blood lipid concentrations and reduced need for blood pressure meds and glucose control meds.

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Susan E. Berkow, PhD, CNS, and Neal Barnard, MD concluded in an earlier study, “Observational studies indicate that the weight and BMI of both male and female vegetarians, on average, is approximately 3% to 20% lower than that of non-vegetarians. Obesity prevalence ranges from 0% to 6% in vegetarians and from about 5% to 45% in non-vegetarians. Randomized trials suggest that dietary factors influencing energy intake and possibly thermic effect of food may be responsible for these differences. Because vegetarian diets are associated with reduced body weight and lower rates of obesity, vegetarians generally have a lower risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. A 1995 study estimated that vegetarians also incur significantly lower medical costs compared with non-vegetarians. The positive effects of a plant-based diet on chronic disease prevention may be mediated, in part, by changes in body weight.”5

In another study, Smith et al.3 investigated individuals with impaired glucose tolerance and peripheral neuropathy. Participants were coached on a diet and exercise in this one-year study. Smith et al. found participants had greater glucose tolerance, decreased body weight, and decrease cholesterol levels. Insignificant improvements in pain were reported. Bernard et al.’s study was more intense but of a shorter duration.

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The mechanisms of action by which the Vegan diet improves neuropathic pain “may involve improved insulin sensitivity, leading to better glucose control. 4 in addition, diabetic neuropathy is associated with hypertension, dyslipidemia, and obesity, all of which can be ameliorated with the plant-based diet.” 56, 7 

 Bernard et al. state that this pilot study shows the potential for a dietary approach in treating diabetic neuropathy as well as weight gain.

The researchers went on to say that, nutrition studies are important “given that drugs used to manage blood glucose have significant side effects, and drugs used for diabetic nerve pain typically offer only limited benefit. Further studies might eliminate the confounding factor of vitamin B12 status by including vitamin B12 pretreatment or an alternative control, such as a subclinical dose of B12. A trial testing diet, exercise and vitamin B12 in combination might be a useful means of assessing the effects of a more intensive intervention in this otherwise intractable and debilitating chronic disease.” 1

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  1.  A E Bunner, C. L. (2015, 5 26). A dietary intervention for chronic diabetic neuropathy pain: a randomized controlled pilot study. Retrieved 6, 2, 2015, from Nutrition & Diabetes: http://www.nature.com/nutd/journal/v5/n5/full/nutd20158a.html
  2. Crane MG, Sample C. Regression of diabetic neuropathy with total vegetarian (vegan) diet. J Nutr Med1994; 4: 431–439. | Article |
  3. Smith AG, Russell J, Feldman EL, Goldstein J, Peltier A, Smith S et al. Lifestyle intervention for pre-diabetic neuropathy. Diabetes Care2006; 29: 1294–1299. | Article | PubMed | ISI |
  4. Barnard ND, Scialli AR, Turner-McGrievy G, Lanou AJ, Glass J. The effects of a low fat, plant-based dietary intervention on body weight, metabolism, and insulin sensitivity. Am J Med2005; 118: 991–997. | Article | PubMed | ISI | CAS |
  5. Berkow SE, Barnard N. Vegetarian diets and weight status. Nutr Rev2006; 64: 175–188. | Article | PubMed | ISI |
  6. Barnard N, Akhtar A, Nicholson A. Factors that facilitate dietary change. Arch Fam Med1995; 4: 153–158. | Article | PubMed | CAS |
  7. Yokoyama Y, Nishimura K, Barnard ND, Takegami M, Watanabe M, Sekikawa A et al. Vegetarian diets and blood pressure: a meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med2014; 174: 577–587. | Article | PubMed | ISI |

 

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Study Finds Link Between Fast Food And High Blood Pressure VOL. 1 NO. 44


Woman eating fast food.A study conducted in Singapore among young adults looked at the number of cases and lifestyle factors associated with prehypertension, hypertension, or young adults on blood pressure medication.

18165The researchers gathered “data on blood pressure, body mass index (weight) and lifestyle factors (meals eaten away from home/week, physical activity), and their association with prehypertension or hypertension was determined.”1

fastfoodlogosHigh blood pressure is a leading risk factor linked to cardiovascular disease. Studies show that young adults with borderline high blood pressure are at high risk for high blood pressure. Fast food and restaurant food are usually high in saturated fats, high in salt, and high in calories. Eating this type of food is thought to cause high blood pressure. “What is also significant is that even eating one extra meal out, raise the odds of prehypertension by 6%.” 2

Researchers found young adults who ate more meals away from home per week, weighed more, and had low physical activity had prehypertension or hypertension.1

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  1. The association of prehypertension with meals eaten away from home in young adults in Singapore, Tazeen H. Jafar, American Journal of Hypertension, doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpv027, published online 18 March 2015, abstract.
  2. DUKE-NUS GRADUATE MEDICAL SCHOOL           SINGAPORE. (2015, April). Eating out = high blood pressure? Retrieved from EurekAlert!: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/dgms-eo041015.php

 

 

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TOO MUCH SALT IN PREPARED FOODS! Vol.1 No. 42


OBESITY, NATURE OR NURTURE? VOL. 1 NO. 37


food spreadHow many times have you heard people say,” I can eat anything as much as I like and  not gain a pound”   or “Even if I look at food I gain weight!” Well researchers at the National Institutes of Health have turned these beliefs, for the first time in a lab, into fact. Study results were published May 11 in Diabetes.

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Lead researchers Drs. Martin Reinhardt and Susanne Votruba stand next to the carbon dioxide and oxygen analyzers, and outside the whole-room indirect calorimeter. The analyzers measured the study participants’ energy expenditure while they were inside the calorimeter. Credit: Enrique Diaz

Researchers at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch (PECRB), part of the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, studied men and women with obesity. ”Using a whole-room indirect calorimeter – which allows energy expenditure to be calculated based on air samples – researchers took baseline measurements of the participants’ energy expenditure in response to a day of fasting, followed by a six-week inpatient phase of 50 percent calorie reduction.” The researchers found that those who lost the least had the greatest decrease in metabolism during fasting. The people who lost the most had a metabolism that decreased the least. The first group is viewed as having a “thrifty” metabolism the second group a “spendthrift” metabolism.

obese_people_ct_scan“When people who are obese decrease the amount of food they eat, metabolic responses vary greatly, with a ‘thrifty’ metabolism possibly contributing to less weight lost,” said Susanne Votruba, Ph.D., study author and PECRB clinical investigator. “While behavioral factors such as adherence to diet affect weight loss to an extent, our study suggests we should consider a larger picture that includes individual physiology – and that weight loss is one situation where being thrifty doesn’t pay.”

Researchers still do not know whether the biological differences are inborn or develop over time. More study is needed to resolve whether a person’s responses to calorie deficit can be used to prevent weight gain.

“The results corroborate the idea that some people who are obese may have to work harder to lose weight due to metabolic differences,” said Martin Reinhardt, M.D., lead author and PECRB postdoctoral fellow. “But biology is not destiny. Balanced diet and regular physical activity over a long period can be very effective for weight loss.”

According to the NIH, more than one-third of American adults are obese. Complications from obesity can include heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.

“What we’ve learned from this study may one day enable a more personalized approach to help people who are obese achieve a healthy weight,” said NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D.

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EXTRA EDITION “IS THERE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE AMONG DIFFERENT DIET PROGRAMS?” VOL. 1 NO. 32


Table 1 --- Diet Classes Based on Macro Nutrient Composition. Click to enlarge
Table 1 — Diet Classes Based on Macro Nutrient Composition. Click to enlarge

In an article published by JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), it was found that overweight and obese adults lost a significant amount of weight with any low carbohydrate or low fat diet. The differences between the diets were statistically insignificant. Which diets are best remains undecided.

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Table 2 — Characteristics of Included Studies. Click to enlarge

The researchers did a meta-analysis as well as including 7286 individuals with a body mass index greater than or equal to 25. The largest weight-loss was correlated with low carbohydrate diets (8.73 kg/19.2lb. to 10.2kg/22.49lb.) and low fat diets (7.99 kg /17.6 lb. to 9.92kg/21.9lb) at six-month follow-up. As an example, the Atkins diet resulted in a 1.71 kg/3.77lb. greater weight-loss than the Zone diet six months follow up. However, the influence of behavioral support (3.23 kg/7.12 lb. to 4.23 kg/9.33 lb.) at 6-month follow-up vs (1.08 kg/2.38 lb. to 3.96 kg/8.73 lb.) at 12-month follow-up and exercise (0.64 kg/1.41 lb. to 1.66 kg /3.66lb.vs 2.13 kg /4.7 lb. to 3.85 kg/8.49 lb., respectively) on weight loss differed. This shows that while emotional support is important exercise achieved greater weight-loss one year out.

When the name diets were compared, all showed a weight-loss reduction compared to following no diet at all. Again all the weight-loss diets mentioned show statistically insignificant weight-loss differences but we will rank them nonetheless. These results are after a six months follow up:

Atkins diet 10.14 kg/22.35 lb.

Volumetrics diet 9.87 kg/21.8 lb.

Ornish diet 9.03 kg/19.9 lb.

According to the research, “All diets except Jenny Craig slightly decreased in their estimated effects at 12- follow-up compared with 6-month follow-up. The Ornish, Rosemary Conley, Jenny Craig, and Atkins diets were associated with the largest weight loss at this time point and all varied between 6.35 kg/14 lb. and 6.55 kg/14.4 lb.”

In summation, the study found that low carbohydrate and low fat diets were correlated with greater weight-loss than no dietary intervention one year out; “behavioral support and exercise enhance weight-loss.” Weight-loss differences were insignificant among all the different diets. Researchers recommend any diet one can “adhere to in order to lose weight.” Researchers did not study participants switching between diets, but offered such a strategy may increase better compliance with dieting in long run.

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Johnston BC, Kanters S, Bandayrel K, et al. Comparison of Weight Loss Among Named Diet Programs in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Meta-analysis. JAMA.2014;312(9):923-933. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10397.

 

 

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May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .
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“Great Booboisie.” Nor shall we ignore the wide assortment of shirkers, layabouts, and slugabeds.

Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.
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THE NEW AND IMPROVED HOLY GRAIL OF WEIGHT-LOSS, OH MY, IT’S THE ‘THUNDER GOD VINE’! VOL. 1 NO. 31


An extract from the peeled root of the thunder god vine, Tripterygium wilfordii, used in traditional Chinese medicine, lowers food intake and causes up to a 45% decrease in body weight in obese mice. The active weight-loss compound is called Celastrol. Its potent mechanism of action sensitizes cells to an appetite-suppressing hormone called leptin. The research, entitled “Treatment of Obesity with Celastrol” published in “Cell,” is an indicator that a purified Celastrol compound could be developed into a drug for obesity.

Umut Ozcan
Umut Ozcan

Senior researcher Umut Ozcan, an endocrinologist at Boston children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School states, “During the last two decades, there has been an enormous amount of effort to treat obesity by breaking down leptin resistance, but these efforts have failed. The message from this study is that there is still hope for making leptin work, and there is still hope for treating obesity. If Celastrol works in humans as it does in mice, it could be a powerful way to treat obesity and improve the health of many patients suffering from obesity and associated complications, such as heart disease, fatty liver, and type 2 diabetes.”

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Leptin, a fat cell derived hormone, tells the brain that the body has enough food. Mice and people that lack leptin signaling eat huge quantities and become morbidly obese. Leptin does not reduce hunger or food intake in the obese regardless of high levels of leptin in the bloodstream.

Ozcan et al. found that Celastrol improved cell sensitivity to leptin in human cells. Obese mice reduced food intake approximately 80% compared to untreated obese mice. After three weeks of treatment, the mice lost 45% of their body weight by burning fat stores.

This impressive weight-loss exceeds the weight-loss produced by bariatric surgery. In addition, Celastrol lowered cholesterol levels and improved liver function and glucose metabolism. This translates into a lower risk for heart disease, fatty liver, and type 2 diabetes.

ChineseMedicine_web_1024“Even though Celastrol did not produce toxic effects in mice, Ozcan strongly urges caution for now because in-depth toxicology studies and controlled clinical trials are needed to demonstrate the compound’s safety in humans. “ Celastrol is found in the roots of the thunder god vine in small amounts, but the plant’s roots and flowers have many other compounds,” he says. “As a result, it could be dangerous for humans to consume thunder god vine extracts to lose weight.””

In future research, Ozcan et al. will investigate Celastrol at the molecular level. Moreover, how it improves leptin sensitivity producing weight-loss. “We have been heavily focusing on this line of research in my laboratory and hope that this approach will help us to understand the mechanisms in nature that are leading to the development of obesity,” Ozcan says. “In the end, my main goal is to see this research leading to a novel and powerful treatment for obesity in humans.”

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Cell, Liu et al. “Treatment of Obesity with Celastrol

DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2015.05.011

Cell Press

Press, C. (2015, May 22). “Thunder god vine used in traditional Chinese medicine is a potential obesity treatment.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/294295.php.

 

 

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Staff (monkeys in the back room). We offer an ongoing tirade to support or offend anyone of any large dimension, cultural background, religious affiliation, or color of skin. This gazette rails against an eclectic mix of circus ring ne’er do wells, big ring fatty and fatso whiners, congenital idiots, the usual motley assortment of the profoundly dumbfounded, and a favorite of intelligent men everywhere, the

May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .
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“Great Booboisie.” Nor shall we ignore the wide assortment of shirkers, layabouts, and slugabeds.

Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.
Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.

All this and more always keeping our major focus on “Why so fat?”  Enough said? We at “The Fat Bastard Gazette” think so. If you like what you read, and you know whom you are, in this yellow blog, tell your friends. We would be elated with an ever-wider readership. We remain cordially yours, Captain Hank Quinlan and the Monkeys in the back room

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