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