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Akkermansia Muciniphila

Monday, June 3rd, 2013



Apparently, it has been recently discovered that an intestinal bacteria called Akkermansia Muciniphila is significantly lower in people with obesity and type 2 Diabetes.  The studies have only been done on mice at this time but the results are promising.  It seems that when obese mice and mice with type 2 diabetes are given this bacterium they drop pounds without changing their diet.  Even mice that were given high fat diets digested their food better and lost weight.  In these test mice, higher levels of A. muciniphila reversed fat mass gain, insulin resistance, adipose tissue inflammation and metabolic endotoxemia.  It also seemed to help with inflammatory bowel disease.  

Here’s the article published in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA”

This is a welcome bit of knowledge for me, not because I will finally be able to lose the extra fat (a treatment for people will not be available for some time), but because it helps explain why I’ve been fat pretty much my whole life.  I mean seriously, I eat way better than a lot of my skinny friends.  I even exercise more than some of them yet I consistently carry around more pounds.  It always seemed really unfair to me.  And is a lot of the reason I gave up caring about my health a few years ago.  Giving up hope that I could ever be thin made me just give up all together because as any one who has weight issues knows being treated like a loser by most of society sucks.  Being told you aren’t good enough if you are overweight gets to you after a while.  Surely I’m not the only person who has felt the leering eye of a skinny person looking down on you because they assume you don’t do anything or care enough about your health.  (A big fat raspberry to all of those people) I would try and try with little to no results and simply be told I hadn’t tried hard enough.  The only time I was even close to an ideal weight (and I would still have been considered overweight) I was on a strict vegan diet, I did hard labour work for anywhere from 4-8 hours 7 days a week, and I walked about 15 miles a week.  That is not an easily sustainable lifestyle.  I mean seriously, I would like to enjoy my life a little as well.

Here’s hoping that Akkermansia Muciniphila is a positive answer for a lot of people in the same boat as me.  All the people who work hard at staying healthy but still want to enjoy their lives.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Journal Shmernal

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

fitnesspal-samsungWhen I began this whole journey to fitness pretty much every expert advised keeping a food journal.  As I am apparently too bloody minded, I thought that it was lame to dedicate so much attention to every detail of what I consumed.  I humbly admit my great error.  I will also admit that having it as an app on my phone has made it far more interesting for me.

After perusing a few calorie counters, some were better than others.  For me it turned out the most important thing became the library of foods that the app had access to.  It’s much nicer to know that when you type a product into the search it will likely give you the very thing you’re looking for.  Even cooler is the bar-code reader that several of them have.  It is extremely handy if you don’t want to have to type in the stats for products yourself.  I also like that my entries will be added to the library for other people.

“My Fitness Pal” is the one that I landed on in the end.  It stores the foods I eat and the calories I expend in a day and balances them for an end result with daily and weekly statistics.  It covers all those numbers you find on the nutritional information of a product like fat and carbs and protein and stuff.  Having the glycemic index of foods would be super handy but it’s not on this app.  If you know an app that does have this information let me know.

The designer in me really likes the user interface and look of the whole thing.  I figured it out pretty quickly without any help.

The geek in me loves having a new toy to play with and the healthy part of me is enjoying staying on track.  As those that know will tell you, journaling keeps you aware and accountable for your calorie input and output…and crap, They are right.  I stand corrected and a bit healthier.