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What you imagine to be "normal health" controls how you behave, when things begin to go wrong. If you think getting fat is "normal" you'll do nothing about it.

Good News: Sadly, the way most people have chosen to live, makes metabolic syndrome "normal." That's not necessary, because there is a simple, scientifically validated, prevention strategy.

The dietary guidelines first published in 1977, may be the direct cause of some of our faulty ideas about healthy diets. Local FileThe 2010 guidelines were essentially the same as previous versions, even though in a 2006 report, the Local FileWomen's Health Initiative, could not demonstrate that this diet was "healthy".

Normal Personal Health

Local FileWhat people think of as "normal" controls how active they are in taking an interest in what's happening. People don't notice very small changes over time, until "suddenly I realise I've become fat."

Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, stopping smoking, and eliminating obesity will add many active years to your life. (My source Prof. David Le Couteur, suggests 10 years.)

Sadly, obesity, loss of mobility, and pain, are too often considered "normal" in our society.

Metabolic Syndrome

There are six or seven "diseases" that together indicate Local Filemetabolic syndrome. Any three are conclusive. That diagnosis probably applies to more than 60% of all adults. Metabolic syndrome might be common, but it's not necessary, and it's not "normal."

Our task here is to reorganise Local Fileour own metabolism by changing our diet, as Local FileDr. Tim Noakes suggested. By diet alone we can convert from using glucose as fuel to using Local Fileketones as fuel. After a short time Local Filehomeostasis will reset, to maintain us in Local Filenutritional ketosis, provided we follow the dietary rules. The disabilities of metabolic syndrome will disappear.

Obesity

We tend to accept being overweight. All our friends are overweight too. We tell ourselves that it's OK, it's normal. We all get fat together, each giving the other "permission." Local FileOur experience of weight loss diets is bad, so we think it's a problem we can't solve.

Poor Energy Levels

How fast do you walk? How eager are you to tackle two or three flights of stairs? Can you run 50 meters? These are simple measures that tell you about your health and fitness. Local FileIf you shuffle about something is wrong.

Poor Sleep Patterns

Sleep is the opportunity you body takes each day to do extensive repairs and maintenance. You should sleep soundly, sleep long, and you should wake up wide eyed, clear headed, and refreshed.

Lots of Minor Aches and Pains

It's not normal to suffer from pain, although that is a very common experience.

Fear of Cancer

We all have many pre-cancer cells in our bodies. These cells must multiply 40 - 80 times to form a tumour big enough to detect. At each cell-division they are vulnerable to detection and attack. Local FileCancer cells need an energy supply, glucose. They often manage to do without oxygen, so they might also be poisoned by high oxygen concentrations. Your own immune system will eliminate most pre-cancers if you weaken the metabolic pathway of the cancer.

Becoming Frail and Weak

Local FileLoss of muscle strength eventually becomes a disability. That disability shows in a shuffling walk, and an increasing number of falls. A serious fall resulting in a broken hip is often a signal of near term mortality.

Fear of Alzheimer's Disease

Like Type 2 Diabetes, Local FileAlzheimer's is a metabolic disease. Therefore, a sensible prevention strategy is in your lifestyle and diet. Research is currently being done.


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