Fast foods cause diabetes, heart attacks and premature death

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health E-Zine
July 8, 2012

According to a study in Circulation (July 2, 2012), people who eat fast foods:
ONCE a week increase risk for dying of heart attacks by 20 percent;
2-3 TIMES a week increase risk by 50 percent;
4+ TIMES a week increase risk by more than 80 percent, and increase risk for
diabetes by 27 percent.

The study was done on Chinese people in Southeast Asia to explain the recent
incredible rise in heart attacks and diabetes that is associated with the
increase in fast food restaurants there. They had the same results as the many
studies already done on Western-Caucasians in the United States. The authors
followed 52,000 Chinese living in Singapore. Those most likely to eat in fast
food restaurants were younger, better educated, smoked less, and exercised
more (traits that help to protect against heart attacks and diabetes), but
eating fast foods frequently increased their risk for heart attacks and diabetes.

Saturated fats in meat, milk shakes and ice cream, and burnt fats (called
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons or PAHs) in all fried foods such as fried
chicken and French fries:
block insulin receptors, to
prevent the body from responding to insulin, to
cause high rises in blood sugar.
Sugary foods, particularly sugared beverages, also can cause very high rises
in blood sugar levels.

High rises in blood sugar cause sugar to stick to the outer surface membranes
of cells to destroy the cells. This damages cells in every part of your body
to cause heart attacks, strokes, dementia, nerve damage, blindness, deafness,
and the other effects of diabetes.

Sugar enters muscle and liver cells. If the sugar is not burned for energy to
power the cells, it will first be stored inside the muscle and liver cells as
glycogen. However there is only a very small and limited amount of sugar that
can be stored in cells. Once the cells are full of glycogen, all extra sugar
is converted to a type of fat called triglycerides. Triglycerides fill up
liver cells to cause a fatty liver. Having a fatty liver virtually guarantees
that you are diabetic or are becoming diabetic.

Eighteen slim and healthy men and women ate at least two fast food meals at
fast-food restaurants every day (Gut, published online Feb 14, 2008). In four
weeks, they gained an average 14.5 pounds (one put on 26 pounds). After one
week, their liver test called ALT quadrupled from 22 U/l to of 97 U/l and
their liver cells filled up with fat. This means that they were on their way
to developing a fatty liver after just ONE WEEK of fast food meals. Diabetes
is the most significant cause of heart attacks in North America today.