A recent study showed that the effect of aging on arteries can be delayed by a molecule your body makes during a fasting.

Fasting-induced anti-aging molecule keeps blood vessels young

When the body fasts from food intake it enters a unique period that restores and resets many of the normal body functions.  The general flow of energy shifts from a net storage mode to a net utilization mode.  Energy, often in the form of triglycerides, having been cleared from the blood stream by a few hours of no food intake is now being called out of storage to fuel various organ systems.  As the triglycerides come out they are converted into three ketone byproducts; one of which is beta-hydroxybutyrate.  This particular molecule was shown to induce cell growth and proliferation within the vascular system in a recent study.  Rejuvenation of the cells within a blood vessel can help keep them flexible and compliant as opposed to the chronic pressures for them to stiffen and calcify during atherosclerosis.

Ketones and ketosis have had a bad rap over the years but as research and experience progresses, we see many beneficial effects.  It is something I teach regularly to my patients and have found it to be a powerful tool that can reverse diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  Weight loss is a given with measurable ketosis but, more importantly, people feel so much better.

Consider what a primary care practice dedicated to proper nutrition AND exceptional medical care could do to help you reach your health goals.  Don’t let an eight minute appointment turn into a lifetime of prescriptions.  Find a physician with a heart of a teacher who can help you understand how medications might not be necessary with a few simple changes.  Contact our office for more information on our nutritional education program.

 

 

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