Updated: Mar 19, 2021
This one is actually #1 however with its technical nature it is a little more difficult to understand and inherently less practical. With that being said, this single bit of information could change your health outcomes more than any other health related info….EVER.
If you’re reading this then there’s a very high likelihood that you’re suffering from the worst metabolic crisis you’ve never heard of…. Insulin Resistance.
Just a few decades ago if you were having health issues and were a suspected consumer of alcohol they’d likely do a CT or MRI of your liver. What they would see would not be shocking at all, and was actually very common within a hospital setting. The patient would be diagnosed with AFLD (Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) and a treatment plan developed. Pretty standard stuff, but here’s the scary part. Children were being scanned and doctors noticed that children were suffering from a fatty liver. Are these kids’ drunks? I’m guessing no. This new outcome became more and more prevalent, so much so that they had to create a new name for this diagnosis. Introducing… NAFLD (Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease).
NAFLD simply put is fat intrusion of the liver causing the liver cells to no longer function properly (likely metabolic dysfunction origin). This disease if untreated will become NASH (Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis). Get to this point and you got the Hep son…and a transplant could be in your future.
Our children have the beginning stages of NAFLD and if that doesn’t concern you then I don’t know what to say. Here’s the bigger problem…this very metabolic disruption has likely already been festering in you. It’s estimated that up to 50% of Americans are at minimum some level of insulin resistance (the makings of NAFLD) and I believe that may be an underestimation. College age kids are being diagnosed with insulin resistance at the muscle. Holy shit that’s concerning! It starts at the muscle (that’s where a lot of us are currently..next stop liver) and this causes a major disruption in our ability to transport fat for energy. This insulin resistance at the muscle is said to be a protective mechanism from starvation, however, look at us we’re certainly not starving. We’re over-fed and it’s causing our biological stopgaps to cause massive health consequences (financial as well).
If your youngest is looking like a drunk, your college kid is working on his hepatitis and not his thesis, and you’re getting NASH rather than watching it, then it’s time we wake up.
What’s causing these problems? Stay tuned for tomorrows tip #3.5 for the answers to this epidemic…