Category Archives: Syndrome X

Obesity-Inflammation Related; Common Thread with Diseases Part 3

For the past couple of weeks we have published articles on obesity and Michael Glade’s belief that inflammation, as the result of poor diet, environmental factors, and others is the primary cause of obesity.  People who are high is visceral fat have a high risk of developing metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, and diabetes. 

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers “discovered that inflammation provoked by immune cells called macrophages leads to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Macrophages, found in white blood cells in the bone marrow, are key players in the immune response. When these immune cells get into tissues, such as adipose (fat) or liver tissue, they release cytokines, which are chemical messenger molecules used by immune and nerve cells to communicate. These cytokines cause the neighboring liver, muscle or fat cells to become insulin resistant, which in turn can lead to Type 2 diabetes. The hope is to block or disarm the macrophage inflammatory pathway to interrupt the cascade that leads to insulin resistance and diabetes. A small molecule compound to block JNK1 could prove a potent insulin-sensitizing, anti-diabetic agent. The research also proved that obesity without inflammation does not result in insulin resistance. Olefsky, researcher, explained that when an animal or a human being becomes obese, they develop steatosis, or increased fat in the liver. The steatosis leads to liver inflammation and hepatic insulin resistance.” ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2007)”  See this article in it’s entirety at

Of interest, the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)  has the following clinical trial posted on its website.  I was disappointed to see the study fell short of criteria which might further substantiate Dr. Glade’s position or lead to a broader study.  Six weeks is hardly enough time for a fair assessment of any meaningful conclusion regarding long term effects of inflammation.  I also found it interesting that fish oils were not included nor excluded since they are recognized to influence inflammation and immune system markers. The low number of participants does not represent the population adequately, either. Hopefully, this is just an initial step in a broader study that will change the way we approach the subject of inflammation and metabolic syndrome and diabetes II. 

 Recruiting -verified and sponsored  by (NCCAM), May 2008 Identifier: NCT00334919 due to be completed in November 2008. processed this record on December 19, 2008
RCT of the Naturopathic Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Conditions: Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2;   Prediabetes
Intervention: Behavioral: Diet (Anti-Inflammatory or standard diabetic diet)
Funded By:  NIH
Start Date:  May 2006  Current Status – Phase II
The purpose of the study is to determine which diet is better, the naturopathic Anti-inflammatory Diet or the standard diet based on current ADA (American Diabetes Association) guidelines?
 The primary outcome measures of cytokines for 13 weeks, and secondary outcome measures:
            *Glucose: 113 weeks
            *Weight:13 weeks
            *Lipids: 13 weeks

Estimated Enrollment was 36 .  Details include being on the ADA diet for 5 weeks, then randomized to either ADA or AI for 6 weeks.  Other restrictions apply related to the diet as well as looking at blood markers that show how the immune system responds to the different diets. The expectation is the AI will result in less inflammation and a better response by the immune system than the ADA diet as well as looking at the effects of lipids and glucose. Levels of blood lipids and glucose will be considered to evaluate any effects.  Of course, appropriate inclusion criteria related to diabetes is listed and the following exclusion criteria.

 *Current major debilitating mental or physical illness that would interfere  with participation (as determined by the participant’s medical history)
*Taking diabetic medication other than sulfonylurea
*Taking Gymnema silvestra (a naturopathic diabetes treatment)
*Taking medications that have anti-inflammatory affects (lipid lowering agents,   NSAIDS, COX 2 inhibitors, aspirin, HRT, oral contraceptives, testosterone, seizure medications)
*Taking weight loss medications
*Severe renal, hepatic, or heart disease
*Triglycerides >500 mg/dL
*Pregnancy or lactation
*Current excessive use of alcohol
Current/recent chronic use of recreational drugs
More than 4 hours/week of aerobic exercise
Have gained or lost more than 15 pounds during previous 6 months
Planning on moving out of the area in the next 4 months
Is a participant in another medical research study
Is following a weight loss diet
Is unwilling to accept random assignment of the experimental diets
Food preferences and/or allergies that will interfere with consumption of experimental medications