If you've ever heard someone blame his weight and diabetes on his bone structure, he may be right — in part. New research dashes generations of medical paradigms separating systems in your body from one another. For example, modern medicine has a specialist for just about every organ. But this sub-specialization has totally neglected the interplay between systems. Who would have ever thought that obesity and type-2 diabetes might be bred in your bones? Few specialists would know that or even care.
A breakthrough study has recently confirmed that osteocalcin, a hormone secreted by osteoblasts (bone-forming cells), can protect you against obesity and insulin resistance. Osteocalcin increases the number of pancreas insulin-producing beta cells, insulin itself, and improved insulin sensitivity. This is the first study ever to show that the skeleton plays a role in energy regulation. Their findings reveal that your body is more complex than medicine ever thought. We just can't separate one system from another.
What does this mean to you? It's been well known that obesity in mammals protects against bone loss. How? This study refers to complex poorly understood properties of the appetite hormone leptin. Leptin reduces your appetite, but it may stimulate osteoblasts. However, obesity also increases estrogen, which is bone protective. But excess estrogen is carcinogenic. Is there an alternative to obesity and estrogen to get this protection? I think so.
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Osteoblasts are stimulated by exercise and torque on your bones. For example, in the weightlessness of space, there is no torque on bones. The astronauts quickly lose bone as their osteoblasts go to sleep. Exercise and weight bearing stimulate these cells. I would much rather see you get maximum benefit from your osteoblasts by weight bearing exercise than by gaining a lot of fat!
Exercise alone is great for obesity. But if you can't do full work outs, stress your bones a bit with weights on your ankles, wrists, and other exercise that provides torque. The Power Plate is another option that is great for the bones. And it's super for those who can't get regular exercise. You can read all about Power Plate on my website at www.secondopinionnewsletter.com or call 888-713-0592 to order.
You also need to keep your bones healthy with proper nutritional support. In addition to a great diet, I recommend
Ultimate Bone Support. While I don't have proof, stimulating your bones with exercise and nutritional support might provide additional osteocalcin.
Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes May Be Bred in the Bone, By Neil Osterweil, Senior Associate Editor, MedPage Today Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. August 09, 2007.
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