Obesity & Carbohydrate Intolerance:

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Obesity & Carbohydrate Intolerance:
Mon, 06-21-2010 - 2:22am
Obesity & Carbohydrate Intolerance:

Thousands of years ago, obese people may have been respected and treated like gods. This can be seen in the sculptures of the Fat Lady of Malta which where found in one of the oldest standing temples in the world. Built 2000 years before the pyramids, one of the Neolithic temples was home to an obese woman goddess, the Fertility Woman.

Carbohydrate Intolerance & Obesity

Obesity is a condition in which the natural energy reserve, stored in the fatty tissue of humans and mammals, is increased to a point where it is thought to be a risk factor for certain health conditions or increased mortality. Obesity develops from the interaction of individual biology and the environment. Excessive body weight has been shown to correlate with various diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is both an individual clinical condition and is increasingly viewed as a serious public health problem.

Studies have shown that Carbohydrate Intolerance plays part in obese people. Moreover it was also found that obese men may not process carbohydrates as efficiently as obese women, a condition that can, ultimately, lead to a decrease in fitness level and the development of metabolic disorders. A new study published in the CHEST, a journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), showed that severely obese men were more carbohydrate intolerant and had less physical endurance than severely obese women, leading researchers to believe that gender plays a strong role in physical fitness and a person's ability to metabolize carbohydrates.

“Carbohydrate intolerance, the inability to metabolize sugar found in carbohydrates, may lead to a build-up of fat deposits on muscle tissue, which can cause a person to gain weight and, eventually, impair physical endurance,” said study co-author Emile F. L. Dubois, MD, PhD, FCCP, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Hospital Reinier de Graaf Groep, Delft-Voorburg, Netherlands.

“It appears that carbohydrate intolerance is more common in obese men, which would cause them to be less physically fit than obese women.” Researchers also assessed patients for carbohydrate intolerance, according to American Diabetes Society Guidelines. 59 percent of men had overt diabetes or were carbohydrate intolerant, as compared to 35 percent of women. Researchers note that patients with carbohydrate intolerance usually suffer from metabolic syndrome, a group of medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, that can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Carbohydrate intolerance and obesity.

Obese men may find it even harder to lose weight, despite dieting.

Although the world has moved on and developed, with food now being so much abundant compared to even half a century ago, the human digestive system has remained the same. Food would be absorbed and the excess converted into fat if human had to survive. Despite the changes in food availability we still absorb and store any excess food we eat. This gets worse in people who are carbohydrate intolerant. The digestive system is not able to absorb the larger carbohydrates such as starch, due to lack of digestive enzymes. The body senses the lack of carbohydrates, and thinks it has entered a starvation phase, hence it tightens its grip onto the fat storage, where not only it continues to absorb fats, but would not burn it and stores it into the muscles. To make things more complicated for the sufferer, since the body is thinking that it is being starved, it sends signals for the body to eat more and this leads to a viscous circle resulting in the person to keep eating, the body absorbing the fats, refusing to burn it and asks for more food because no carbohydrates are entering the system. All this leads to putting on weight and if no attention is given to this problem it results in obesity

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Registered: 04-11-2006
Wed, 06-23-2010 - 7:37pm
I need to keep this in mind.