Thin at 60 – a new taboo?

I have had a great morning! I fasted since yesterday afternoon. I started the day with a glass of water with bicarbonate of soda. Followed that sometime later with a Bulletproof tea. That is tea with coconut oil, dairy cream and butter. Delicious!

I then went swimming. With bags of energy, 2,500 metres crawl was no problem. Then a sauna and a cold plunge. I came out of the swimming hall feeling energised and healthy.

I went to the local supermarket to buy lunch and met a friend, E., whom I had not seen for quite a while.

“Steve, you look so thin! Are you ill?”. I can tell you that I am used to this question. What she said next was new, though. “You know, you should not be so thin being over 60 – it badly affects your looks!”

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Here is a photo of me taken when I got home. What do you think?

OK, I thought. How would I look if I was in a wheelchair. Having had both my legs amputated, due to Type 2 Diabetes? I didn’t say this. I could have retorted, “You’ve gained a lot of weight, are you ill ?” Because that would be speaking the truth.

I tried to explain my lifestyle change.

“Oh, I want to enjoy the pleasures of life -I smoke, I drink, I do not eat ecological food – it’s rubbish! Besides, my BMI (Body Mass Index) is good”

Knowing that the BMI is not an accurate way of measuring obesity, I asked her a question.

“Have you heard of the waist/height ratio?”

“No – what is that?”

I explained that this was a far better method of indicating if you are overweight or underweight. She asked me for something to write on. I gave her one of my Sakharoff.com cards. “Now, tell me the formula?”

I said that you take the waist measurement above the navel. Divide this by the height. If the result is over .5, then it shows you are obese. I showed her using my measurements on the calculator on my smartphone. 82/179 (cm)  =.4581.  She was in no hurry to let me calculate hers!

We continued the conversation as we walked around the shop. She had a friend in Spain who has always been so thin and now, at 71, she was ill. I said that it was possible to be underweight as well. The art of it is to find a weight where you reach homeostasis – normality. Or in Nature’s eyes, perfection.

If you follow a ketogenic diet, your body will find its right weight. Automatically. Because your blood sugar  levels are stable. Your insulin is thus stable. That means that the insulin is not storing excess carbs as fat for a rainy day. It worked for me. According to everyone I meet, I seem to have the DNA from a different species. They are not built like that. It won’t work for them.

Bullshit!

We left each other at the checkout. E., thinking I was a health fanatic. Me, thinking that she was cheating herself of life. Well, you win some, you lose some.

Diabetes Disaster

I have just watched the BBC documentary “Diabetes Disaster”. Please watch it? The link is above. What you will see is tragic and avoidable. This is such a great shame for the United Kingdom. Indeed, for the world.

Forget the threat of radical Islam, Russia, North Korea, Aids and Climate Change. This can, and so it seems most likely will, threaten your existence. Especially if nothing changes in the way we deal with T2D (type 2 diabetes)

1 in 10 of the residents of Birmingham, England,  have T2D. This is causing incredible strain on the NHS (National Health Service). The complications include cardiovascular problems, kidney problems (nephropathy), neuropathy, joint inflammation and blindness (retinopathy). Sores that do not heal may lead to amputations of feet and legs.

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This man had his leg amputated because of gangrene in his foot

I would say that the main causes are too many carbohydrates in the diet and lack of exercise. But then again, I am not a doctor. What do I know? More to the point, what do they know?

In the documentary, we hear that the blame for the situation is “the system not working”.

Hospitals in Birmingham and other parts of the UK are being flooded with T2D patients. This is ruining the country and incurring massive costs.

We learn that there are 3 times the number of T2D cases than all forms of cancer.

We see John, who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 41 (obese) who finds it hard to control his diet. He takes medication: Metformin, Victoza and insulin. Why insulin? Surely this makes his obesity worse?

Yet one surgeon says the problem is too much fat and too much sugar. Why too much fat?  Have they never heard of LCHF, Paleo or ketogenic diets? Dear surgeon and T2D sufferer: Understand this. Eating carbohydrates is as damaging as smoking. Sitting still is as damaging as smoking. Yet everybody acknowledges the dangers and risks of smoking.

40% of diabetics are on dialysis (according to the commentary), which means they have degrees of kidney failure. Their blood needs to be cleaned by a machine. We see a former sportsman who is on dialysis. It surprised him to learn that he had T2D. I do not understand that people prefer amputations, Bariatric surgery or dialysis. They could learn an alternative lifestyle. Structured movement, correct breathing and low-carb diet. It is not hard. It takes time and choosing to take responsibility for one’s health.

Before the Millenium, T2D among children was unheard of in the UK. Now there are ever-increasing numbers. Wow! Is it contagious? (My joke.)

We meet a boy of 15 with T2D. He says “It can happen to everyone and anyone”. Wrong! Carbohydrate “poisoning” can happen to anyone and everyone – and it obviously does.

A Doctor says (of a youth with T2D) “He is eating more calories than he is burning off in exercise”. I suggest he looks at what Prof. David Ludwig, Zoe Harcombe Ph.D , or  Kris Gunnar Ph.D has to say on the subject. He might learn something new.

The frightening part of adolescent T2D is that the complications are serious. More so than with older people. Children are suffering from fatty liver and sclerosis of the liver.

We learn that there are 4 million diabetes sufferers in the UK. The NHS will have to make choices. Who and what to treat. Or run out of money. The NHS spends £1 billion per annum on treating T2D. An amputation costs some £38,000 including aftercare.

We see a 57-year old woman with both feet amputated. She has complications, so one leg is to be amputated above the knee. She almost looks happy with the attention she receives from the doctor when he informs her of this. Strange.  Was I really born and brought up in this strange country? I can conclude that eating carbs makes people dumb. I do not need research for that. It is evidence-based.

Another woman has Bariatric surgery. The surgeon butchers her stomach. He wants to do many more such operations. He claims it is “cost-effective” as it avoids later complications. Evidence? He says the problem is lack of resources. He means money.

So, the cause is bad diets? Can these doctors be specific? No. One says that the disease is unrelenting. What disease? T2D or eating carbohydrates?

At the end, we see John on a diet. He eats a plate of porridge (carbs) and looks forward to an apple (carbs) later. No one has told him that the carbs are exacerbating his hunger. If he had an omelette, for example, he would not feel so hungry.

I was sad and also angry watching this. It is not a phenomena restricted to the UK. It is global. It is not only treatable without drugs and surgery, it is in most cases preventable. There is a waste of resources. The beneficiary is the medical industry. The losers are the victims and society.

But hey! I live in Denmark! We are better informed! Only the biggest company here makes drugs to treat T2D. I should not rock the boat. This country can continue to build its wealth on the misery of others.

About the author: Steve Pickering lives in Denmark, is English and born in 1953.  Health and fitness has always been an interest. He was startled by the positive results of adopting the Sakharoff Protocol. So he decided to help Misha Sakharoff produce and promote a video course to help people improve their health. Along with his work with Misha, he teaches English privately.

 

It’s the Insulin, stupid!

 

Steve before
Steve 87 kg
Steve After
Steve 71 kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you did not know yet, I am a subscriber to the notion that insulin is the root cause of lifestyle disease. Or rather, insulin resistance. Insulin – isn’t that something they give to diabetics? The man in the street might well know nothing more than this. The fact is that we all have (and need) insulin in our bodies to survive.

The problems start when you don’t have any or you have too much. Having none is a condition known as diabetes myelitis, or T1D. In this case, your pancreas stops producing insulin and you die. You waste away. Unless you get insulin from other sources as medicine injecting into your body. It stops your muscles withering. It requires the monitoring of blood glucose levels to be able to regulate the insulin dose.

The cause of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is by one of two conditions. The pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to maintain control of blood glucose. The second is where the pancreas produces enough insulin to control glucose in the blood. The resulting high concentration causes diseases – lifestyle diseases.

The diseases caused by T2D include retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke. Also, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, sleep apnea and cancer.

Insulin Resistance (IR) is the term for elevated levels of insulin in the blood. This is whether of not T2D is present.

This makes me more worried about IR than high cholesterol. This is why I have cut sugars, refined foods, bread, potatoes, rice and pasta from my diet. I have replaced them with saturated fats. Animal fats and vegetable fats. Dairy fats. Butter, cheese, cream, meat with fat, oily fish, avocados, coconuts. Cold-pressed virgin oils (flax, olive, coconut). Nuts – walnuts, coconuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almond nuts. Seeds -Chia, sesame, hemp, flax.

I still eat some carbohydrates: leafy greens, berries. Other fruits and vegetables that have a lot of fiber. 100 grams max. per day. I enjoy my food.

I was born in 1953. That made me 62 at the time of writing. I do not want to be ill. I do not want to have to visit the doctor. I do not want to take medications. I want to live a full life with no restrictions. That is why I eat a low-carb diet. To keep my insulin levels at an optimal level that will stabilize my blood glucose levels.

It is that simple. Anyone can do it.

I want to enhance this, so I do other things. I follow a protocol. This protocol integrates nutrition, breathing, building immune resilience, structured movement and mindfulness.

I swim. I bike. I do yoga. I exercise 90 minutes every day. I expose my body to sunshine when I can, to get vitamin D. I am aware that I need to balance the oils (omega-3 vs. omega 6).

I take magnesium and zinc tablets and vitamin c tablets as required. I take magnesium to control the amount of calcium in my blood. Calcium in the arteries is a reliable biomarker of impending heart attacks. More so than cholesterol or LDL.

I weigh 71 kg. That is the same as I was when I was 22. I was 87 kg a year or so ago. People ask me if I am ill. I say “Why?” They say “Because you are so thin”, so I say “Are you ill?” and they say “Why?” and I say “Because you are not thin”.

I hope this is an inspiration for you. I wish I had read this 30 years ago. Never mind. I live one day at a time – to the full.

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