Longevity and Diet
Medical scientific research on aging is showing that the #1 best predictor of your longevity is your blood sugar and insulin levels.
Only 20% of your longevity and how you’ll feel when you’re 70, 80, 90 and beyond is GENETIC. The rest is in your hands.
Your genetics loads the gun but it's your lifestyle that pulls the trigger ... or doesn't.
Lifestyle = your diet, exercise, sleep, stress, etc. but it’s 85% what you put in your mouth.
A common denominator of centenarians (those who live to 100 and beyond) is Normal Blood Glucose Levels, Low Insulin levels and are Insulin Sensitive.
Another common denominator among centenarians is higher than normal levels of HDL, known as the good cholesterol.
More than 98% of them are meat and fish eaters, along with plenty of vegetables - no processed or fast food. They also have active lifestyles, low stress levels and strong family and community relations.
Vegetarians didn't make it that far with less than 2% living to 100 or more. The reason for this will become obvious in Part 3.
When you have chronically high blood glucose levels and high insulin levels you eventually become insulin resistant. This results in inflammation.
(Inflammation is the immune system’s response to a stimulus that is viewed as foreign or toxic to the body)
The leading causes of death start with the internal process of chronic inflammation.
The leading root cause of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, cancer, disability, gastrointestinal ailments and other chronic conditions is inflammation.
Inflammation promotes nearly every degenerative disease, including dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Inflammation causes micro-injuries to your arteries, causing plaque formation, and precedes the appearance of clinical symptoms by decades.
Even TIME Magazine 15 years ago had a cover story:
“THE SECRET KILLER–The surprising link between INFLAMMATION and HEART ATTACKS, CANCER, ALZHEIMER’S and other diseases”
Inflammation promotes overall aging of the body. Thus it is sometimes referred to as "INFLAM-AGING".
Scientific medical research in the last decade has confirmed that the #1 cause of this inflammation is Insulin Resistance, causing people to wind up being pre-Diabetic or Diabetic. This is now a worldwide epidemic.
Most of the adult U.S. population is Insulin Resistant/Diabetic and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) say that at least 90% are undiagnosed.
UCLA recently reported a study showing over half of Californian adults are pre-diabetic or already have full-blown diabetes and most don’t know it.
The chief cause of all this wide-spread insulin resistance and diabetes is high carbohydrate diets from excess refined grains and sugars.
This diet was foisted upon the population by the food industry, as a result of False Data from purposely flawed medical research, decades ago.
It all started with the alarmingly rising rate of heart disease and heart attacks in the 1940s and ‘50s, which was decades later discovered to be caused by the epidemic of smoking. Smoking was common–look at old movies and TV.
A short comment: smoking destroys the glycocalyx, which is a fuzz-like coating on the epithelial lining of the arterial walls.
The glycocalyx is the first line of defense and protection from small dense LDL particles penetrating the lining and lodging beneath it, causing plaque buildup over time.
This is the root cause of CVD (cardiovascular disease), resulting in heart attacks and strokes.
The chief alternate glycocalyx destroyer? Carbohydrates from refined grains and sugar.
Along comes a researcher named Ancel Keyes who had a theory – The Diet-Heart Hypothesis – that it was saturated fats in meats, butter, etc. that was the root cause of all this heart disease. To prove this, he researched diets in 22 countries but only found 7 that merely leaned toward his theory.
In his final report, he purposefully left out the 15 countries that disproved his hypothesis, and only added the 7 countries that seemed to validate his theory. He lied. (Gotta keep those research funds coming in).
The truth of his withholding of important information, dishonest and unethical action wasn’t discovered till many years later. Too late–the damage was already done.
Although he appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine in 1961 wearing a doctor’s white jacket, he knew little about cardiology or nutrition, having a degree in Economics.
His false data wound up being promulgated to the point where it convinced the Dept of Agriculture to create a Food Pyramid showing that we all must have 6 to 11 servings daily of bread, pasta, cereal, etc. (base of pyramid) and other harmful carbohydrates/starches.
This is where the Low-Fat/Non-Fat diet craze began–eliminating all the healthy fats that our fit, non-obese ancestors ate, and overburdening the body with empty, health-damaging carbs (late 1970’s).
This resulted in the infamous U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (see chart below) which led to the beginning of the now worldwide epidemic of diabetes and obesity, now referred to as DIABESITY.
Estimates are that as much as 70% of the U.S. population over 35 are insulin resistant, pre-diabetic or diabetic from too many carbs for too many years or decades. Again, the CDC says that over 90% of them don’t know it and remain undiagnosed, as there are no symptoms and doctors don’t properly test for it.
Insulin resistance, from too much insulin caused by eating too many carbs, damages the arteries and creates chronic inflammation.
Too much Insulin causes fat deposition around the body. Eat carbs, blood sugar rises, insulin rises.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body there is no chance for small dense LDL particles (the primary villain of heart disease) to accumulate in the walls of blood vessels that lead to heart attacks, strokes, dementia, arthritis, etc. It’s the inflammation that causes sdLDL Particles to become trapped, resulting in arterial plaque buildup.
(This sdLDL is NOT the same as what doctors refer to as LDL-C and is what you see on your blood test results. Small dense LDL particles can only be measured and calculated with a blood test called NMR LipoProfile. See Part Five for that test.)
The problem is NOT High Cholesterol – 50% of heart attack victims have “NORMAL” Cholesterol Levels.
Again, the #1 source of developing inflammation which brings about insulin resistance and a diabetic physiology is from eating too many high glycemic carbohydrates.
Definition: Glycemic (glucose), which is sugar or converts to sugar after ingested.
Examples of High Glycemic foods:
Bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, chips, pretzels, rolls, bagels, pizza, etc., not to mention cookies, candy, cake, ice cream, soft drinks, fruit juice, etc.
Wheat raises blood sugar higher than table sugar. Very few foods raise blood sugar higher than wheat and they are corn starch, rice flour, tapioca starch and potato flour which are found in most “Gluten-Free” foods. Read your labels and avoid these.
You might be frowning now, but there are many healthy delicious substitutes i.e. grain-free bread/pizza/cereal or mashed “potatoes” made from cauliflower, etc. YouTube is a treasure trove of delicious low carb recipes.
Eating too much of the bad refined carbs is the downfall of the population and why CVD (cardiovascular disease) is the #1 biggest killer of people in the world and why strokes are the #1 cause of disability.
It is also why the United States is the #1 sickest and most obese nation on earth. Over 31% in the U.S. are obese and 70% are either overweight or obese.
At this rate, 50% of the population over 15 years-of-age is projected to be obese by 2030.
As recent as 1960 only about 5% of the U.S. population were obese. Now everywhere you look you see overweight and obese people.
UPDATE: Just Hitting the News
Since the above image from 2015 was published, Mexico has now just overtaken the U.S. as the most obese nation on earth – 32.8%. United States is now 31.8% and continues to rise.
Why? Mexico consumes more soda (liquid sugar) than any other country in the world.
Oh No! Another BAD NEWS Update
The CDC just recently reported (March 2020) that the new obesity rates for the U.S. have risen to an alarming 42.4%!
Here’s the breakdown they give:
“The prevalence of obesity was 40.0% among young adults aged 20 to 39 years, 44.8% among middle-aged adults aged 40 to 59 years, and 42.8% among older adults aged 60 and older.”
If you read, understand and apply the data in this 6—Part Series you will avoid all the disease that comes with being overweight and/or obese.
That includes the latest version of COVID, as doctors on the front lines are reporting that the vast majority of intubated COVID patients are at least overweight or obese and are diabetic.
And remember, “pre-diabetic” is already a dangerous condition that puts you on the path toward many other diseases. If you discover that you are “pre-diabetic”, act on it as though you are already a Type 2 Diabetic. Just like you can’t be a little pregnant.
One of those very busy doctors in New York is Dr Steven Smith, founder of the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases.
"The frequency of diabetes, pre-diabetes and high blood sugar levels when they present (arrive at hospital) is enormous and something I've never seen before." Dr. Steven Smith in a televised interview.
Death by diabetes:
1920–1 in every 280
2020–1 in every 10
(As an aside on sugar, in the 1930's food companies like Post and Kellogg created something so sweet, it was intended to be eaten as an occasional after-dinner dessert. By the 1960's that "food" became the standard daily breakfast cereal.)
It goes like this:
CARB Intake > Increases Blood Sugar > Increases Insulin Secretion > Increases Fat Storage > Low Blood Sugar > Low Energy & Mood Swings > CARB Cravings > more CARB Intake
And around and around we go.
Little did we know that when we used 2 slices of so-called “heart healthy” whole grain bread with our turkey breast sandwich, we got the equivalent of over 6 teaspoons of white table sugar with that “heart healthy” bread.
Your medical doctor very likely does not know this current data and if he does, is probably not permitted to recommend it, especially in a hospital/clinical setting, as it goes against the flawed U.S. Dietary Guidelines and confines of Medical Standard of Care.
It’s all about reducing sugar of all forms in your diet.
To quote nephrologist, diabetes and obesity specialist Dr. Jason Fung:
“What happens when excessive glucose piles up in the body over ten or twenty years? Every cell in the body starts to rot, which is precisely why Type 2 Diabetes, unlike virtually any other disease, affects every single organ.”
He continues, “Your eyes rot, and you go blind. Your kidneys rot, and you need dialysis. Your heart rots, and you get heart attacks and heart failure. Your brain rots, and you get Alzheimer’s disease. Your liver rots, and you get fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. Your legs rot, and you get diabetic foot ulcers and amputations. Your nerves rot, and you get diabetic neuropathy. No part of your body is spared.”
Your first step is to reduce or eliminate all sugar.
Do you remember the movie FIGHT CLUB starring Brad Pitt?
“The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.”
You might say there are LONGEVITY CLUB rules:
The first rule of Longevity Club is: pay attention to your insulin. The second rule of Longevity Club is: pay attention to your insulin.
As we now know, most people suffer from insulin resistance, which is when your cells get to a point where they reject insulin. We can’t really say “suffer” as there are no painful symptoms, other than low energy, until you are way down the road to whatever disease is developing or lurking within your genetics.
Remember, your genetics loads the gun but it’s your lifestyle that pulls the trigger. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle keeps your “gun” in a vault, unable to be accessed.
Insulin resistance translates to pre-diabetes and diabetes. As covered earlier, IR comes from many years of countless carbs, sugars, and refined grains.
Insulin resistance determines the severity of atherosclerosis, the result of plaque buildup over time which hardens and narrows your arteries, and is the cause of heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and other neurological disorders.
Diabetes is first a vascular disease. It manifests itself specifically through vascular damage before moving on from there. Dr. Joseph Kraft, the father of the Insulin Assay, and author of “The Diabetes Epidemic and You” wrote:
“Based upon my several thousand autopsy examinations, the pathology of diabetes is vascular. The initial manifestation of the pathology of diabetes is atherosclerosis.”
The reality is that cardiovascular disease, by far the biggest killer of humans, is overwhelmingly the vascular disease of diabetes and to avoid it you must ensure that you are the exact opposite of insulin resistant which is being insulin sensitive.
Insulin resistance is caused by chronic HYPERINSULINEMIA. Let’s break that word down:
Hyper (too much) – insulin – emia (in the blood).
Now that you know the main Longevity Club Rule, it is up to you to use it as your “North Star” longevity guide.
Thanks for making it this far and I encourage you to continue to Part Two (Link Below) to find out more about how to live a very long and healthy life with younger-looking skin and without all the modern-day illnesses that we commonly see in our friends and loved ones.
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Click the link down below for Part 2.
UNDOCTORED: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor
By Cardiologist William Davis
LIFESPAN: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To
By Dr. David A. Sinclair
BEAT THE HEART ATTACK GENE: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent/Reverse Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes
By Bale and Doneen, Clinical Physicians
THE BIG FAT SURPRISE: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
By Nina Teicholz, Science Journalist
WHY WE GET FAT: AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
By Gary Taubes, Engineer/Physicist and Investigative Science Journalist
EAT RICH, LIVE LONG: Use the Power of Low-Carb & Keto for Weight Loss and Great Health
By Ivor Cummins & Jeffrey Gerber, MD
THE DIABETES CODE: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
By Dr. Jason Fung
GRAIN BRAIN: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers
By David Perlmutter, MD (Neurologist)
SUPER HUMAN: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backwards
By NYT Best-Selling Author Dave Asprey