A recent study in Diabetes Care showed that vitamin K supplementation for 3 years at fairly normal doses may reduce the progression of insulin resistance in older men but failed to have the same effect in older women.
“Vitamin K has a potentially beneficial role in insulin resistance, but evidence is limited in humans,” writes Makiko Yoshida, PhD, the study author from the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center, Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues. “We tested the hypothesis that vitamin K supplementation for 36 months will improve insulin resistance in older men and women.”
Dr Irving’s comments:
Low vitamin K may be associated with increased insulin resistance and therefore increased risk for type 2 diabetes. It is clear from this study that supplementation with vitamin K helped to reduce the progression of insulin resistance. We still don’t know why vitamin K has this effect but I suspect that science is going to catch-up with these findings soon. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are on the rise and the complications of such afflictions greatly reduce the quality of life of the afflicted.
To find out more about your risk of developing insulin resistance, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome or general blood sugar dysregulation, contact me at info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739. To read more about me and my clinic, Optimum Function, click here.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist, CKTP
Portland, Oregon, 97214
Makiko Yoshida, PhD et. al.; Effect of vitamin K supplementation on insulin resistance in older men and women; Diabetes Care, 2008; 31:2092-2096.
Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water and may even have extra health benefits, say researchers. The work in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition dispels the common belief that tea dehydrates
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A recent study out of the UK found that older people with higher levels of vitamin B12 were six times less likely to experience brain volume loss, leading the researchers to suggest that the vitamin may protect against brain shrinkage and wasting, which is linked to reduced cognitive function and mental capacity. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a recognized public health problem, particularly among older people because of the reduction in a substance called “intrinsic factor” that allows our body to absorb B12. Increasing B12 intake could help to reduce some of the problems elderly people suffer from as a result of cognitive dysfunction.
To learn more about vitamin B12 deficiency and to find out how to test for it and treat it, contact me at info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739; in addition, you can go to my website, www.OptFunction.com for more info on my functional medicine and nutritional programs.Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist Optimum Function 819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, Oregon, 97214 www.OptFunction.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com www.FunctionalDetox.com
Vitamin B12 status and rate of brain volume loss in community-dwelling elderly.Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Google is Attempting to Update Web Browsing with Google Chrome; Can Chiropractic and Complementary Healthcare be Updated?
So, sometime today, Google is rumored to be releasing it’s offer to the public web browsers out there called “Google Chrome”. Rumors and information directly from Google touts this as an update to current web browsers that will better represent what the majority of web browsers want and need.
This release was announced yesterday when I was working to update my website www.OptFunction.com to represent a new way of organizing my chiropractic, manual medicine, functional medicine and nutrition programs to better represent how my current and future patients want to utilize chiropractic, nutrition and functional medicine. In addition, I have teamed-up with Metagenics to update my Functional Detox program based on the latest research.
I have taken both formal and informal polls to determine how my current and future patient population will utilize the Optimum Function brand of chiropractic, nutrition and functional medicine. The problem that kept coming up was cost and that the doctors they have seen before seemed to be “guessing” too much. As a result, I am going to present my “test don’t guess” philosophy about examination and treatment and a functional movement screening program that was born from the rush of athletes that have recently come to Optimum Function for various reasons (you know who you are)
Stay tuned for an updated Optimum Function website and in the mean time; image how great it will be when you are eating the foods that are right for your particular chemistry, if you’re taking supplements, they will be based on the best evidence available and you go about your daily activities in a pain-free and efficient fashion. This is what Optimum Function has to offer each and every one of the patients that see me.
For more information, to speak with me and to schedule an appointment, email info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist Optimum Function 819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, Oregon, USA, 97214 www.OptFunction.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com www.FunctionalDetox.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Are Your Fat Cells Happy: Health has much more to do with happy fat cells than how much total fat you have
Fat cells or adipocytes are MUCH more than “bags filled with fat” (lipids). Recent research has shown that fat cells send out signals to the rest of the cells in your body when they are “happy” and a whole new set of signals when they are “unhappy”.
What makes a fat cell “happy” or “unhappy”?
Well, the internal (intracellular) and external (extracellular) environment that the adipocyte exists in has everything to do with it. If the adipocyte is overfilled with lipids (fat) and/or it is surrounded by inflammatory chemicals, that cell will be “unhappy”.
“Happy” fat cells release signals to many cells in your body, most notably those in the muscles, liver, brain, and pancrease, that help to increase insulin sensitivity and create an anti-inflammatory effect. Insulin is a hormone needed for proper sugar metabolism and decreased sensitivity to it is associated with diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular problems. Inflammation, not coincidentally, is indicated in all these too and also general aches and pains from muscles and joints.
One of the signals sent out by a “happy” fat cell that has just recently been discovered is called adiponectin. When adiponectin is released to important cells in your body, those cells retain their sensitivity to insulin and are protected from adverse inflammation. (not all inflammation is adverse)
Three of the signals sent out by “unhappy” adipocytes are: Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha), C-reactive protein (CRP), and resistin. These signals create insulin resistance (this is bad), and increase adverse inflammation in the cells they communicate with. These signals unfavorably alter the function of these cells (liver, brain, muscles and pancreas) leading to things like obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart problems, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, muscle wasting and muscle weakness.
So, body “fatness” is not directly related to health but fat cell “hapiness” IS. You can be overweight and be healthy as long as your adipocytes are “happy” (although there is a limit to how overweight you can be is you have a lifestyle that keeps your fat cells “happy”); and you can have a skinny person with “unhappy” fat cells who is vastly unhealthy.
How can I figure out if your fat cells are “happy” or not?
At Optimum Function, I utilize blood chemistry markers as my first line of investigation. Markers like:
- High sensitivity C-reactive protein (should be below 0.9)
- Glycosylated hemoglobin (should be below 5.5%)
- Triglycerides should not be more than half of the total cholesterol number
- HDL cholesterol (should be below 40 in men and 50 in women)
- Triglyceride to HDL ratio (should be less than 4:1)
- Liver enzymes should not be elevated above the laboratory range
In addition to these baseline markers, I may look at the levels of your apolipoproteins, these markers are proving to be incredible for monitoring the state of your fat cells and cholesterol in general. I will also ake your blood pressure which should be below 120/80.
You will notice here that I don’t mention blood sugar. That’s not because it is not an important marker but by the time it is affected, your fat cells have been “unhappy” for a while and disease may have begun. I really encourage my patients to investigate all of this BEFORE your blood sugar is affected.
To find out more about my FBC2000 program which entails looking into your current blood chemistry, relating it to your current health status, contrasting that with your desired health status and coming up with a plan to get there…..click hereYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health