BODY FAT DANGER & COVID: New Report Says Gaining a Few Pounds May Increase Your Health Risk
By Steve Blechman
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said that just being overweight, not obese, can result in severe illness and even death from the coronavirus! Over 70% of Americans are overweight! That is very concerning for so many with COVID-19 and potential health risks.
Recently, scientists have discovered the key to burning fat and calories – a major fat-loss breakthrough! A most recent study published in the journal Cell Metabolism on August 4, 2020 was reported by ScienceDaily on August 5, 2020 that, “an international research team has discovered how to activate brown fat in humans, which may lead to new treatments for type 2 diabetes, and obesity.”
Brown fat can burn off energy in the form of heat by a process known as thermogenesis, which can ultimately reduce overall body fat. This discovery has provided the requisite paradigm shift spawning a new revolution in weight loss that is the primary focus of the book Thermo Heat™ Weight Loss Revolution by Michael J. Rudolph, Ph.D. that includes the foreword by Daniel L. Friedman, MD and Eugene B. Friedman, MD. You can click the link to order on Amazon here and the book is published by Advanced Research Media, Inc. You can also get a free PDF version here
The body has two forms of fat: white fat, or unwanted fat that can lie directly underneath the skin, and brown fat, which often is found in the shoulder blade region or the neck. Unlike white fat, brown fat is the good fat as it can help burn more calories. The more brown fat you have, the more calories you burn.
Brown fat is packed with mitochondria loaded with UCP-1, the protein that uncouples fat burning with ATP (energy) production instead of converting the energy into heat via thermogenesis, making the mitochondria effectively the furnace of the cell. The emergence of brown fat as a readily available fat-burning furnace is revolutionary, but like any fire, it requires the proper kindling materials. The ability to get lean by producing extra brown fat, or enhancing the activity of existing brown fat, represents a promising way to burn fat and lose weight.
Several landmark discoveries and approaches to enhancing brown fat function are being explored at major research centers and universities worldwide, with great excitement. Brown fat research is a hot topic today.
The breakthrough study published in the journal Cell Metabolism by Copenhagen researchers and reported in ScienceDaily say that, “Scientists have now discovered that beta2-adrenergic receptors (b2-AR) in brown fat cells are responsible for stimulating thermogenesis. According to Dr. Denis Blondin from CRCHUS, the finding could explain why most clinical trials, which have attempted to induce BAT to burn energy, have performed poorly.”
"In contrast to rodents, human BAT is activated through the stimulation of the beta2-adrenergic receptor, the same receptor responsible for the release of fat from our white adipose tissue."
Researchers in the past thought that beta3-adrenergic-receptors were responsible for activating brown fat cells in humans rather than beta-2-adrenergic receptors. According to Dr. Denis Blondin, one of the clinical investigators of the study, “the finding could explain why most clinical trials, which have attempted to induce BAT to burn energy, have performed poorly.”
Associate Professor Camilla Schéele at CBMR, has said that, "Activation of brown fat burns calories, improves insulin sensitivity and even affects appetite regulation. Our data reveals a previously unknown key to unlocking these functions in humans, which would potentially be of great gain for people living with obesity or type 2 diabetes."
“A second phase of research will begin in the autumn, which will attempt to validate the finding by activating brown fat with drugs that target b2-AR.”
Research has found that exposure to cold temperature (65 degrees Fahrenheit) and consumption of spicy foods such as capsaicin found in chili peppers can activate brown fat. Also, early research has found that caffeine found in coffee has bronchodilating effects (Chest, March 1986). Caffeine is a natural agonist of adrenalin, which can activate b2-AR.
A report appeared on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine stating that nearly half of American adults will be obese within a decade. The report was led by scientists at Harvard and George Washington Universities. The new research predicts that by 2030, about 50% of U.S. adults will be obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 40% of U.S. adults are obese today.
Recent research published in the Journal of Obesity on July 1, 2020 reported that obesity may be one of the biggest predictors of severe COVID-19 illness. The obesity epidemic is real and upon us – about 4 out of 10 Americans are obese! Obesity or being overweight increases metabolic syndrome, which includes insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, which can increase the risk of death in people infected with the coronavirus. Infectious disease experts have said that the coronavirus is going to be around for a while and most likely reoccur in the fall/winter along with the flu.
On May 21, WebMD released data from a poll in which they surveyed 1,012 U.S. readers and found that 47% of women and 22% of men gained weight due to COVID-19 restrictions. This weight gain from the lockdown can have a detrimental effect on your health and well-being.
A most recent study published June 23-30, 2020 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) report that 37% of the U.S. population has metabolic syndrome and it’s on the rise! More than 1 billion people have metabolic syndrome globally. It is a worldwide health issue and concern! The metabolic syndrome is mainly caused by obesity and excess body fat around the midsection. Excess abdominal fat and weight gain can increase the risk of inflammation, insulin resistance, elevated blood sugar, diabetes, fatty liver disease, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
A healthy diet and lifestyle changes, such as following the Mediterranean Diet along with exercise, has been shown in the scientific research to safely prevent and lower the risk of gaining weight, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Many antioxidant foods rich in polyphenols are abundant in the Mediterranean diet such as extra-virgin olive oil, fruits, nuts, red wine, tea, and coffee.
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