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Obesity & Carbohydrate Intolerance

Statues of Fat Ladies in Malta (above) Sicily and Greece indicate that fat people, at least women where special. They resembled health and fertility. Fast forward 4000 years and things are significantly different; we all know that obesity is no sign of health today.

Obesity is a condition in which the natural energy reserve, stored in the fatty tissue of humans and mammals, is increased to a point where it is thought to be a risk factor for certain health conditions or increased mortality. Obesity develops from the interaction of individual biology and the environment. Excessive body weight has been shown to correlate with various diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is both an individual clinical condition and is increasingly viewed as a serious public health problem.

Studies have shown that Carbohydrate Intolerance plays part in obese people. Moreover it was also found that obese men may not process carbohydrates as efficiently as obese women, a condition that can, ultimately, lead to a decrease in fitness level and the development of metabolic disorders. A new study published in the CHEST, a journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), showed that severely obese men were more carbohydrate intolerant and had less physical endurance than severely obese women, leading researchers to believe that gender plays a strong role in physical fitness and a person's ability to metabolize carbohydrates.

“Carbohydrate intolerance, the inability to metabolize sugar found in carbohydrates, may lead to a build-up of fat deposits on muscle tissue, which can cause a person to gain weight and, eventually, impair physical endurance,” said study coauthor Emile F. L. Dubois, MD, PhD, FCCP, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Hospital Reinier de Graaf Groep, Delft-Voorburg, Netherlands.

“It appears that carbohydrate intolerance is more common in obese men, which would cause them to be less physically fit than obese women.” Researchers also assessed patients for carbohydrate intolerance, according to American Diabetes Society Guidelines. 59 percent of men had overt diabetes or were carbohydrate intolerant, as compared to 35 percent of women. Researchers note that patients with carbohydrate intolerance usually suffer from metabolic syndrome, a group of medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, that can lead to cardiovascular disease.

The Mechanism

Today, in the developed countries we have plenty of food around us. However, going back a century ago food was not as much available as today. Now, going back further thousands of years, food was scarce hence the human body developed a digestive system to absorb any bit of food ingested and gives away the least possible (just like governments, they take everything possible from you in tax and give you the least back). Any food not needed for the next few hours is turned into fat, which is a means of energy storage. Now, again fast forward to nowadays where food is abundant. We are eating more but the digestive system remains the same, storing all food not utilised in the form of fat. Nothing goes to waste.

Starvation mode

In people with carbohydrate intolerance things get worse because, since their digestive system is not absorbing the large sugars, such as starch (an important form of energy) the body is fooled into thinking there is no food around and enters into starvation mode. In this mode, the body would burn the least possible fat and absorb the most possible food turning it into fats depositing in the muscles. To make things more complicated for the sufferer, since the body is thinking that it is being starved, it sends signals for the body to eat more and this leads to a viscous circle resulting in the person to keep eating, the body absorbing the fats, refusing to burn it and asks for more food because no carbohydrates are entering the system. All this leads to putting on weight and if no attention is given to this problem it results in obesity  and its problems.

Digestive enzymes

Obese people should consider if carbohydrate intolerance is part of the cause for their weight. Enzymes that break down carbohydrates should be given a chance. They would not make people loose weight but they would certainly help in a quicker recovery. The product in particular is Carbozyme which is rich in enzymes that break down polysaccharide, or large sugars (carbohydrates). More importantly it helps digest the sugars and hence avoiding the symptoms associated with carbohydrate intolerance such as wind, gas, cramps and bloating.

To find out about Carbozyme visit the enzymes products page.

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