New Weight Loss Technique By Lowering Levels Of “Hunger Hormone”

Suppressing a hunger-stimulating hormone with a minimally invasive procedure was safe in humans and led to significant weight loss for at least six months in a small preliminary study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 62nd Annual Scientific Session. 

More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, conditions that total more than $147 billion in medical costs each year. Excess weight also increases the risk for other conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. 

“Weight loss is a major problem,” said Nicholas Kipshidze, MD, PhD, who is with New York Cardiovascular Research, general director and physician in chief at Republican Hospital, Tbilisi, Georgia, and the study’s lead investigator. “There are medications, but they have side effects. Bariatric surgery is well established, but it’s a major surgery. This procedure may develop into a new, simple method for the treatment of obesity.” 

The procedure, called gastric artery chemical embolization (GACE), uses a catheter to introduce tiny beads into the left gastric artery. The beads cut off part of the blood supply to the upper part of the stomach, called the gastric fundus. This area of the stomach produces most of the body’s supply of ghrelin, the hormone known to stimulate appetite. 

This small study is the first in humans to use GACE for weight loss. Gastric artery embolization has been used for decades for other purposes, including treating hemorrhage in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reducing the side effects of chemotherapy for advanced liver cancer. Animal studies of GACE for obesity treatment have found that it leads to weight loss and decreased ghrelin levels in the blood. 

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“It’s a one day surgery,” Dr. Kipshidze said. “You can do the procedure on patients in the morning and send them home in the evening.” 

The study included just five people. All were obese; the average body mass index (BMI) was 42.3 kg/m2, with a range of 33.9 kg/m2 to 52.8 kg/m2. Researchers used an endoscope to examine each person’s esophagus and stomach before and after the procedure, as well as one week later. No ulcers or other complications occurred. Three people had discomfort during the first few hours after the procedure, but the endoscopy did not show blockages or other complications. 

One month after GACE, the average BMI dropped to 37.9 kg/m2, with an average weight loss of 29.2 pounds. After three months, the average BMI was 36.7 kg/m2 and the average total weight loss was 37 pounds. At six months, the average BMI was 35.3 kg/m2 and average total weight loss was 45.1 pounds. 

Blood ghrelin levels also dropped. At one month, levels had fallen 29 percent from baseline (p<0.05). At three months, they were 36 percent below baseline (p<0.05). At six months, they were 18 percent below baseline (p>0.5). 

Although GACE reduces the blood flow to the stomach, Dr. Kipshidze noted that the risk of tissue death is small because multiple vessels supply the area with blood. Animal studies also have not shown that tissue death is a risk.

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Worst 5 Foods to Avoid losing Weight and Eluding Disease

The biggest problem that this author sees, in the US today, when it comes to what foods are optimal for weight loss and health, is the confusion over the subject. One expert says one thing, while another expert completely contradicts the first one and says something totally different.

I feel that a little bit of thinking and common sense goes a long way towards solving the dilemma of what foods are beneficial for weight loss and our declining health statistics.

If we lose the weight, but in the process, ruin our health, it is all for nothing as we will soon gain it all back plus some and our health will be closer to the brink of serious, possibly debilitating disease. This is the situation I was faced with about 2 years ago, and it caused me to get really serious about my health. I did a lot of research on the subject.

What I found when I started looking at the data and the conclusions I reached were really common sense, and I think if you will do the same, you will most likely come to the same commonsensical conclusion.
When you look at the graphs of escalating levels of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, celiac disease, cancer, autism, ADD, IBS and many other “modern” diseases that are far too numerous to mention here with the increasing consumption of refined foods, High Fructose Corn Syrup, sugar, genetically modified crops, feedlot animal products, dairy where the cattle are injected with growth hormones for increased production, meat that is treated with antibiotics to offset the diseases caused by unnatural grain diets and vegetables that are treated with pesticides the graphs are almost identical in their rise from 100 years ago to today.
What is going on here?
Medical Science has progressed by millennia with the advent of super computers that can do in minutes now, what used to take years. So why, with all of this “progress” are we regressing when it comes to our health as a whole?
Why is obesity and diabetes increasing, why is heart disease progressing, why are cancers more commonplace? Why are ADD, Celiac Disease, autism and countless other maladies going through the roof, when only 50 years ago many were almost unheard of or at least extremely rare?
What is different? When you do a little research, it is overwhelmingly obvious. Our food is different. What we eat on a regular basis as normal American food has undergone monumental changes for the worse in the past 50 years.
We are a society that values and embraces progress. I propose to you that we are regressing, not progressing as far as weight gain and health matters are concerned.
So, what do you do about it and how does this concern weight loss?
The answer is, you rewind the clock about two hundred years when it comes to making food choices. It really is as simple as that. The wheat we eat today is far different from the wheat our grandparents ate and that applies to soy products, corn products and many others. It also applies to mass production feedlot animal and their products, refined oils that are touted as “good for you” because they are easy and cheap to produce, and vegetables that have pesticides sprayed on them to increase production.
Many, extensively researched books could be written concerning this subject, but that is beyond the scope of this article and my only goal here is to bring to your attention, what I have found to be the worst offenders of abnormal weight gain and worse, diseases caused by diet in the western world.
When I changed my diet to line up with this, the weight fell off and all of my biomarkers of health improved drastically. It is up to you to further research what I am proposing as a fit and healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle change that has done wonders for me, my family and many friends.

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The Worst Offenders

1) Wheat, Corn and Soy Products. 

2) Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup and the many products where these are hidden.
3) Refined Foods

4) Processed Foods 

5) Feedlot Produced Animals and their Products. 

I encourage you to research what I propose as a fit and healthy lifestyle. If you do, I’m sure it will all start to make sense to you too, and hopefully spare you the agony of unnecessary diseases brought on by our diet in today’s world.

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YOUR BODY ON PROCESSED FOODS

I saw this video awhile back but I wanted to share it with those who haven’t seen it. Most people know how I feel about processed foods (I hate them) and this video shows how your body digests whole foods versus processed foods.

The study was conducted by Stefani Bardin and Dr. Braden Kuo at Harvard University. This is an amazing video because first it shows how our body responds to different foods and secondly it shows how amazing technology is and how amazing the human mind is for creating a study like this.

Watch the video and let me know what you think of the study.

CREDITS TO: http://fitlife.tv/body-processed-foods/