Posts Tagged: The Potbelly Syndrome

Cortisol and Weight Gain

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Cortisol is an adrenal hormone mimicked by Cortisone, the wonder drug used to battle inflammatory and allergic reaction.  Side effects of cortisone include “rapid weight gain,” among many other not-so-appealing impacts.  Think there might be a connection between cortisol and weight gain?  If you said “yes,” you’re right! But what are the causes of high cortisol levels? To figure that out, we must first identify what cortisol’s primary physiological purpose is.  Just as doctors use cortisone to fight inflammation and allergy, so too does the body to fight the very same things – with cortisol. Essentially, the causes of high cortisol levels are inflammation and allergy, and in some regard stress. Now we get into a trickier realm, as we are left needing to decipher what causes inflammation, allergy, and… Read more »

Belly Fat, Cortisol, and 11Beta HSD

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Oh yeah, nothing like some good old fashioned 11Beta Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase.  I know it was on everyone’s mind lately, so I thought I’d bring it up.  Thanks to Shawn Talbott (shown left), author of The Cortisol Connection, as well as Jon Gabriel of the The Gabriel Method for turning me on to this intracellular enzyme that takes inactive corticoids and converts them into cortisol, our buddy and driving force of the creation of the infamous potbelly. I do think 11Beta HSD is a huge game changer though.  Knowing the properties of cortisol, it seems increasingly obvious that it is the primary driver of insulin resistance, leptin resistance, obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and so on.  At least in theory it should be, due to its basic properties.  But in actuality, most people don’t have high cortisol levels. … Read more »

Omega 6, Cytokines, and the Cortisol Loop

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As we continue to explore the potential role that omega 6 fatty acid overload plays in the creation of the most major modern disease epidemics – such as asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, it’s an appropriate time to closely examine one of Russ Farris’s Cortisol Schematics. Farris has been led to believe that the hormone cortisol, released in response to inflammation, is an important step in the chain of events leading to metabolic syndrome, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic disease states.  I am more or less in full agreement, having entitled a chapter in my latest eBook on reversing type 2 diabetes “Cortisol is All.”  The inflammation connection was strengthened even more yesterday after I googled “inflammation causes leptin resistance” yesterday only to discover that… Read more »

Leptin and Reversing type 2 Diabetes

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As most of you have heard, my new eBook, 180 Degree Diabetes – Preventing and Reversing Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes, has been published. In that book, I fail to talk about the connection between the hormone leptin and type 2 diabetes, although I’m fully aware of it. The book was complicated enough, and the bottom line is that overfeeding HED-style has the ability to decrease insulin resistance. It is quite possible, however, that it does this because overfeeding raises leptin levels, and leptin is the master hormone that may control insulin resistance – even more so than cortisol which I chose to focus on instead. On page 87 of 180 Degree Diabetes, I use a quote by Russ Farris from The Potbelly Syndrome, which is discussed… Read more »