I was curious about the lifespans of body builders and looked up several Mr. Americas from years past as well as trying to find any studies on the lifespans of athletes. It turns out that athletes, both endurance and weight trainers have a longer lifespan which the authors attributed to exercise.
The high protein low carb diets of body builders do not seem to affect them in a negative way. I could not find anything about body builders health in general. Many in our society who are not athletes and who abuse their bodies with poor diet, alcohol and smoking survive well into their seventies and maybe eighties quite possibly because of excellent medical care. So it is hard to say that a poor diet high in animal protein is detrimental from the evidence available. I did read that for endurance athletes a high carb diet is ideal but lean animal proteins were also recommended
If someday I can remember where I found it I will post the article which says that sat fats are more healthful than polys because they do not compete with omega threes. The article was not a pro sat fat or anti carb article and the author did not sound like he had any ax to grind about low carb/ high carb. Wish I could find it. If it turns out that the omega three/ six ratio is very important as far as heart disease is concerned then maybe in the light of this people will have to rethink saturated fats. On the other hand, cardiologist Donald Miller takes two tablespoons of coconut oil every morning which makes it seem like an important health giving medicine instead of a safer oil to cook with.
EG, it was discussed somewhere on the mcd group that people are so much heavier now than people were fifty or sixty years ago that we no longer know what normal looks like. There is a Ted talk by a 46 year old raw vegan chef. He looks like he is 12. He shows a picture of his friend who is the same age.as he but is very overweight and looks like he could be the father of the speaker. I was wondering if because of our diets and the ensuing weight gain and some of the illnesses that follow, people can no longer recognize what we should typically look like at certain ages. I personally plan to rely on makeup and sturdy underwear to keep that youthful look. Take that, Gravity!!
I didn't see the original. But you know lots of ex low carbers and former SAD eaters could have their own website too.
Industrial farming is dirty, cruel, dangerous to the environment and everyone's health. However, I personally, have no moral qualms about eating animals and I have to admit that I would eat the family pet if I thought it would bring me abundant good health. I heard a speech in which the speaker claimed that the worst injustice in the world today was our treatment of animals and I was appalled at this statement when you consider all the evil that is going on around the globe involving suffering human beings.
eg, I felt great before I had the MI. But yes, I continue to feel good and don't even mind the expense of new clothes. However, as usual, when someone loses a lot of weight, friends and family are wondering if you are sick. I was having dinner with my nephew who is a body builder and eats lots of animal protein and hardly any carbs. We were arguing about diet and he said carbs make you fat and I said do I look fat? And he said no but you are old and dying. Youth. It is wasted on the young. (My nephew has gerd and is taking something like pepcid or nexium. Too much animal protein.)
I have to write to dr. Esselstyn again. He called and we discussed my brother's recent diagnosis of Fuch's Dystrophy which involves the endothelials in the back of the cornea. It is unlikely that diet will help this but on the off chance, he will try it. I asked about aspirin and Dr. E said the same thing you did. That aspirin can cause macular degeneration. It was not clear if he was also suggesting this while referring to those who have had by pass or stent placements.
No, EG I don't feel great. I had an MI, coded and when I woke up I was lying naked on a table and several men were looking down at me and not one of them asked me for a date. It was very demoralizing. They asked if they could place a stent and I didn't want a stent. What I really wanted was a hair dresser, a make up artist and a total body lift.
dolores ps I think I may be living dangerously. I have stopped taking the baby aspirin each day and don't know whether I did the right thing. What do you guys think?View Thread
This book by science writer Susan Allport is about the beneficial effects of omega three fats, specifically fish oil. A diet in which the amount of omega sixes is low compared to the amount of omega threes produces the best health.
In it she writes that a high saturated fat diet is less harmful than a diet of polys because saturated fat does not compete with omega threes but the omega sixes do and this is what causes all kinds of problems including inflammation and heart disease. I assume this means that even on a high sat fat diet you would still need to get omega threes in your diet.
This got me wondering about the heart healthy Japanese diet. Perhaps they are healthy because they eat white rice, not in spite of it. White rice has had practically all the essential fatty acids milled out of it. Brown rice normally contains hundreds of times more omega sixes than threes. So I am speculating that eliminating that source of sixes along with the abundance of vegetables in the Japanese diet which may contain lots of alpha linolenic acid and adding the omega three filled fish that is part of their diet gives them the health advantage. However, if they cook with omega six oils I guess all bets are off.
She also mentions eating grass fed animals instead of corn fed animals as being health promoting but New Zealand only produces grass fed cattle and they have a high rate of heart disease.
H, I was eating about nine ounces or more of fish per week and other McD no no's too but I do not think I said it was the fish that caused my MI. On the McD group that is what people said. Several of my arteries were blocked and this happened over years and long before I began to change my diet even moderately. As a matter of fact, the MI occurred after I indulged in lots of fatty salty ham at Easter and I will forever connect this in my mind with the MI even though my arteries were blocked long before that fateful ham fest. To tell you the truth, I might have connected the MI to rainstorms if it had been raining that day!!
I am going to separately post about a book I am reading.