How Blood Holds The Key To Weight Loss
Obesity is a growing concern with North America. Traditional weight loss methods such as diet and exercise are not making enough of a difference to help fight the spread of obesity, so scientists have taken it upon themselves to come up with new way to tackle the problem.
The new solution lies within our blood. Or rather, within the information that our blood can tell doctors and research professionals.
Part of the problem of obesity is obviously overeating- but overeating can lead to more than just the bloating of the stomach and intestines. It also leads to bloating within our bodies, especially in the case of frequent overeating and snacking. The excess fats and sugar in our food makes its way into our bloodstream, where it bloats the arteries.
When our bloodstream becomes bloated, our health can be jeopardized. Excess fat and sugar within the blood can cause insulin resistance, oxidative stress, inflammation, and platelet activation, all of which increase the risk for heart attacks, diabetes, and stroke. A bloated blood stream can also aid in weight gain.
Postprandial is a term that means “after eating a meal”. Postprandial lipema (too much fat in the blood after a meal) and postprandial hyperglycemia (too much glucose after a meal) have been pinpointed as culprits in the obesity epidemic. Once the blood is overloaded with fat and glucose, the patient will stay in a postprandial state for the remainder of the day. Persistent cases of postprandial lipema and hyperglycemia can result in a diagnosis of a postprandial disorder. Restricting certain foods or food groups may not always correct these disorders, and in these such cases, other forms of treatment are necessary. The treatment of these disorders is essentially to reduce the amount of fat in the bloodstream, and return the bloodstream to a healthy fat level.
Patients are encouraged to turn to diets that are low in saturated and omega-6 fats, while consuming complex carbohydrates and fiber, and naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids.
There are four essential steps to treating postprandial disorders.
1. Reduce calorie intake, focusing on saturated fats, omega-6 fatty acids, and simple sugars.
2. Block glucose absorption
3. Inhibit lipase, alpha-amylase, and alpha-glucosidase enzymes to reduce the amount of fat and carbohydrates that are absorbed.
4. Modulate hormones and enzymes in the liver, blood, and adipose tissues to induce a healthy metabolism and remove excess fats and glucose from the bloodstream.
Everyone is different and every strategy needs to be adjusted for you specifically. That’s why it is good to work with a medical weight loss team that knows you and is committed to working alongside you for real results. Our blood may be the answer to the obesity epidemic- we just have to know what to look for and what to do with the information we receive.