post282. Antonio C. Martinez II’s Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) Reversal The stories about individuals who successfully reverse T2D successfully just keep coming. Here is another one about Antonio Martinez, with lots of interesting relevant information that provides valuable insight into the changes in his body. I am most grateful to Antonio for permission to post this article. Marty Kendall 1 year ago Can fasting improve blood glucose levels and reduce the need for diabetes medications? Antonio Martinez was eager to find out, so he set out on his own n = 1 experiment. Antonio is an Attorney at Law (Martindale Hubbard Distinguished Rating and in The Legal Network Top Lawyers in New York) and businessman who worked for the late Dr Robert C. Atkins MD in government relations and appeared on his radio show in the 90s. Antonio was one of the principal lobbyists and strategists involved in the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and has been involved in health care issues in law and policy throughout his career. Back in the 90s Antonio adopted a low carb approach to lose weight for a time but says he then resumed a more moderate diet. It wasn’t until Antonio started to have his own health issues, including T2D and a heart attack, that he realised he needed to intensify his efforts. T2D diagnosis...Read More
Those who suffer from diabetes are have a increased risk of developing a range of many other diseases and conditions. These can include damage to small blood vessels which in turn leads to blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. Deterioration of the larger arteries can contribute to stroke and heart disease as well as causing difficulties in pregnancy and infection. The American Heart Association has concluded that adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes. In a 12-year study the effect of diabetes on death rates in men aged 35 and 57 years was assessed. The results showed that those with diabetes were 3 times more likely to die than those without, which confirms that diabetes is a strong independent factor for heart disease, stroke and all-cause mortality(1). Information from the US based on the National Health Interview Surveys has been used to calculate the impact of diabetes on public health. Of 356,787 respondents surveyed between 1984 and 2000 there were 14,325 cases of diabetes diagnosed. It was concluded that for individuals born in 2000, the life-time risk of developing diabetes was 38.5% in women and 32.8% in men. This is considerably higher than for many other diseases and conditions. For example in the US the risk of women developing breast cancer is 1 in 8...Read More
There is no question that the incidence of obesity continues to increase. According to the official strategy “Britain is in the grip of an epidemic. Almost 2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children are either overweight or obese……These figures will rise to almost 9 in 10 adults and 2/3 of children by 2050.” “We are facing a public health problem that the experts have told us is comparable with climate change in both its scale and complexity”(1) Table 1 shows that there have been large increases in the prevalence of obesity. The value for men has almost doubled since 1993(2). TABLE 1 PREVALENCE OF OBESITY (BASED ON Body Mass Index>30) YEAR ALL MEN % ALL WOMEN % 1993 13.2 16.4 1998 17.3 21.2 2003 22.2 23.0 2008 24.1 24.9 2010 26.2 26.1 There has also been an increase in the prevalence of obesity in children. Table AA shows that between 1995 and 2009 the proportion of boys and girls in the age range 2-15 considered to be obese have both shown a substantial increase(3). Table 2 PREVALENCE OF OBESITY IN CHILDREN AGED 2-15 YEAR BOYS % GIRLS % 1995 11.1 12.2 2000 14.7 14.3 2005 18.5 18.8 2009 16.1 15.3 Table 2 shows that between 1994 and 2010 the incidence of diabetes has more than doubled for both men and women(3). The importance of these results cannot be underestimated. According...Read More
The recommendations to reduce total and saturated fat (SFA) intakes have had a major impact on the pattern of consumption by the British public. When the recommendations were introduced they were re-inforced by extensive coverage in the media emphasising that fat was bad for us. This message was taken up enthusiastically by the food manufacturers and retailers resulting in a plethora of “Low Fat” versions of virtually all foods which were considered as high fat. At the time it was almost impossible to obtain low fat milks. Demand for semi-skimmed milk really took off and increased to such an extent that nowadays it is the leading liquid milk product on sale. Table 1 shows that the consumption of fats has fallen by about 50% since the 1980s Table 1 Table 2 shows that the total fat intake has fallen from 42% to almost 38% calories between 1980 and 2008, the last year for which statistics are available. Data from the National Food Survey shows that by 1999 the saturated fat content of the diet was 14.9% calories, which means that the original target of 15% had actually been reached! At the same time there has been a corresponding increase in the carbohydrate content of the diet. The carbohydrates include those which are refined and relatively simple,...Read More
As far back as 1938 the British Medical Association and the Government recommended that the British people should drink 80% more milk, eat 55% more eggs, 40% more butter and 30% more meat. Essentially this was to remain the official stance for the next 40 years or so. However in the immediate post-war period the Americans became obsessed with the death rate from heart disease, which at that time was one of the highest in the world. This led to the initiation of The Seven Countries Study by Dr Ancel Keys which aimed to identify some of the critical factors linked to heart disease. The significance of his work is that it was used by the US Government in the development of dietary guidelines which included the following: If overweight, decrease energy intake and increase energy expenditure Increase the consumption of complex carbohydrates and ’naturally occurring’ sugars from about 28% of energy intake to about 48% of energy intake Reduce consumption of refined and processed sugars to about 455 to account for about 10% of total energy intake Reduce fat consumption from approximately 40% to about 30% of energy intake Reduce saturated fat consumption to account for about 10% of total energy intake(1). Even though many questioned the validity of the recommendations they were nevertheless effectively endorsed by international bodies such as the World Health Organisation. Subsequently many other...Read More
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