Insulin

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Everyone here seems to be interested in weight loss, so I'dd add another post to the list.

Insulin seems to be an important part of controlling weight. What I have been reading lately is that refined sugars cause significant insulin spikes, while carbs cause a smaller spike and proteins and fats cause minimal if any insulin spike.

I'd also like to address a basic issue I have with modern nutritional guidelines. If people 300 years ago or even 10,000 years ago weren't eating it. you probably don't need it.

Let me start with fruit, it should be viewed as a rare late summer-early fall treat, not as significant part of your diet. Fresh fruit is a relatively new development, yet the medical establishment wants us to believe that it is a critical part of our diets. Fresh fruit wasn't available year round to anyone 300 years ago.

Ditto fresh vegetables. Sure some root veggies had a long shelf life, but leafy green veggies were again summer and fall treats and no where to be found in winter.

So what got our ancestors through the long winters? Meat, fat and beans 10,000 years ago, bread more recently. With a few modifications like Vitamin D supplements as we no longer get enough sun, you should be able to live well on protein based diet.

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Nobody
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written by Nobody , August 23, 2011

Now you're getting it. Bread has been around longer than 10,00 years. Wheat keeps a long time. Eat your meat and cheese, you'll be fine, just mind your portion size.


Barthélemy Barbancourt
Yeah
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , August 23, 2011

I have found that I have to focus on the meat and go lighter on the cheese to lose any weight.



Elmer
question
written by Elmer , August 23, 2011

What was life expectancy 1000 or 10000 years ago?




Barthélemy Barbancourt
35
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , August 23, 2011

But does the increase to 72 come from better nutrition, safer environment or better medicine?

I agree that the major causes of death today were not an issue when people died at 35, cancer and heart disease kill old people. But have our bodies adapted in the last 300 years to take in fruits and veggies year round? Given that we still have an appendix, I'd say no.

Eat the cave man diet and live in a safe city and odds are you'll live far past 35.



Nobody
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written by Nobody , August 23, 2011

300 years ago you were lucky to make it to 30 if you were a Native American.


Sequel
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written by Sequel , August 24, 2011

But does the increase to 72 come from better nutrition, safer environment or better medicine?

Yes! Take out any of those 3 and down goes the life expectancy number. I'd have to say that the number one thing is antibiotics. There was a time when a cut finger was a life threatening event.



Nobody
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written by Nobody , August 24, 2011

Safe water and sanitation account for a bunch. Think of all the fecal and water born sickness, Polio, typhus, cholria, the list goes on.


Barthélemy Barbancourt
All good points
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , August 24, 2011

Nutritionists love to point out that we live longer than our ancestors, but they hardly deserve all of the credit. A rising economy is probably the biggest contributor as hunger in America doesn't really exist anymore.

I'd say that nutritional science peaked around 1950 and has been on a decline of ever diminishing returns ever since. Keeping people from starving is much simpler than keeping them from being fat.

I'm not sure when they jumped the shark, but the food pyramid is probably a good indicator.



 tim-The Dyslexic Blogger
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written by tim-The Dyslexic Blogger , August 24, 2011

Sequel

a cut finger can still be a life threatening event. I had a guy I knew that was one of the fools that think if G_d wants him to live G_d will heal him and no doctor need apply. He had some sore on the bottom of his foot that went septic on him and he died leaving a wife and 2 kids behind to fend for themselves. This being the 21st century does not mean that all the nasty bugs are now dead. We have two small children right now in this state in critical condition because they were in the same room with some one in the infections stage of Measles. Some ones parents decided that little Johnny didn't need to get the required shots because well gee it hasn't been around in 30 years why should we give little johnny inoculated. It may be that it is not seen here as of late that dose not mean that it is not in some other country just waiting for a bunch of people that don't think they need to protect little johnny.



Elmer
drive-by
written by Elmer , August 24, 2011

Sorry I left the drive-by question. Got busy and tried to make some $. I was thinking that the nutritionists and medical researchers contributed a lot by figuring out vitamin and mineral deficiencies (Ricketts, beri-beri (now replaced by Barry-Barry ;-)), thyroid problems, etc, and making life a lot better and longer for people. People figured out scurvy long before the 20th C., but it's the same idea. Our current weight problems are not from varieties of food and nutritional guidelines, but from overeating and lack of self control. I don't like nutritionists, either, but it's because I don't want to hear what they're telling me, not that their science is wrong or unproductive.

Imagine where we'd be without clean water systems and Norman Borlaug's work? (answer: Somalia)



Barthélemy Barbancourt
I was going to mention Borlaug
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , August 24, 2011

His work saved millions, but I think the US was a major grain exporter while he was doing his work.

Somalia has crop issues, but their political issues overshadow them. The world can feed it's self if we would create the systems required for distribution. Some "people" would rather hang to power than let the distribution systems flourish.



Nobody
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written by Nobody , August 25, 2011

Somalia has cultural issues. They have no power grid outside of the citys. so no pumps to irrigate crops. It has to be done by buckets and carrying water is "womens work". Women also eat after the men so they get too weak to carry it. Meanwhile Achmed sits around an complains his wife won't water the crops.

You can have all the Borlaug's you want, some issues remain cultural.




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