Obesity & Carbohydrate Intolerance
There was a time long ago when overweight people were nearly inexistent. The very few who were large held special status in society and were probably
adored. This is probably true in southern Europe as indicated by
the findings of statues found in Malta (above) Sicily and Greece excavated from temples built 3000-6000 years ago. These large people resembled health and fertility
for the population of those pre-historic times. However, we do not need to go far away in time
to note the vast majority of people were not overweight because
looking at pictures or films from the 1970's or before people
looked different. Compared to today's people in many countries
they sort of looked undernourished and skinny. The fact is they were not,
they were in fact healthier. Today food is so much abundantly available in the western world that it is
far too easy to indulge. This availability of food in
conjunction with lack of activity has caused people to pile up
the kilos and pounds and this is mainly due to large amounts of carbohydrates we eat. There is no point of eating fat free food if it is rich in carbohydrates,
that will turn into fat if not burnt. Carbohydrates is a source of energy and there is no way our body is going to throw it away very easily; too much of it leads
may lead to obesity.
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.
Today, in the developed countries we have plenty of food around us. However, going back a simply one century ago food not as easily available. 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. 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.
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.
Food & Lactose Intolerance
Food intolerance is the inability to
completely break down food resulting in cramps, bloating,
wind, diarrhoea etc.
(milk) is the most common form and affects half the world
population. Food Allergy is not Lactose Intolerance. A guide
Food & Milk Allergy
Food allergy is caused when the immune
system mistakenly responds to food proteins thinking they
are harmful substances. Symptoms include vomiting, itching,
rash, and hives. Allergies in children are very common,
but treatment with digestive enzymes may prove very helpful.
Coeliac or simply Wheat Sensitive?
In Coeliac Disease, gluten causes damage
to the small intestines, however, more people are wheat
sensitive. This shows negative in blood tests. Read how
to diagnose and avoid false negative screening results.
Baby colic is very distressing to both the baby and the
parents. However, studies conclude that half the babies
suffer due to lactase deficiency. This is easily treated
by neutralising milk with lactase enzyme.
IBS or Simply Food Intolerance?
Medical studies confirmed 50% of patients diagnosed with
Irritable Bowel Syndrome may in fact be Lactose Intolerant.
Omitting dairy products from their diet, or treating it
with enzymes has helped them start a new life. Since IBS
symptoms are similar to LI, diagnosis can be confusing.
Carbohydrate Intolerance and Obesity
The inability to break down starch and other sugars leads
to bloating, wind, cramps, diarrhoea, etc. Now there is
evidence that obesity may be related to carbohydrate intolerance.
There is some good news with the help of digestive enzymes
Food Additives & E Numbers
The Romans used them, they come in 'numbers' or in weird
names. Some are healthy but others are 'bad' despite being
approved for consumption and depending where you live. Watch
out for the ones to avoid and the others not to worry about
Fructose Intolerance vs. Malabsorption
Fructose Intolerance is a rare genetical disorder and
leads to severe symptoms and may prove dangerous.
Fructose Malabsorption has symptoms similar to Lactose
Intolerance and avoidance of fruits helps.
Alcohol Allergy & Intolerance
Once ingested, alcohol is quickly broken down by enzymes
produced in the liver. Otherwise it is a toxin and the body
will react. Many people of oriental origin lack this enzyme
and this explains why they turn red when drinking alcohol.
So what is the cure?