Excessive fat mass is an important contributor to the metabolic syndrome, but at the same level of body fatness, some people are metabolically normal while others are extremely impaired. Even among obese people, most of whom have the metabolic syndrome, about 20 percent are metabolically normal, with normal fasting insulin and insulin sensitivity, normal blood pressure, normal circulating inflammatory markers, and normal blood lipids.The “metabolic syndrome” is a cluster of health problems including abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, low-grade inflammation, high blood pressure and blood lipid abnormalities that currently affects one third of American adults. It is the quintessential modern metabolic disorder and a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. This talk will explore emerging links between diet, gut flora, digestive health and the development of the metabolic syndrome. The audience will learn about factors that may help maintain digestive and metabolic health for themselves and the next generation.
What determines this? Emerging research suggests that one factor is digestive health, including the bacterial ecosystem inside each person's digestive tract, and the integrity of the gut barrier. I'll review some of this research in my talk, and leave the audience with actionable information for maintaining gastrointestinal and metabolic health. Most of this information will not have been covered on this blog.
The Ancestral Health Symposium will be from August 9-12 at Harvard Law School in Boston, presented in conjunction with the Harvard Food Law society. Tickets are currently available-- get them before they sell out! Last year, they went fast.
See you there!