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Damaged Hearts Pump Better When Fueled With Fats
Case Western Reserve University ^ | May 4, 2011 | Salam Kabbani

Posted on 05/04/2011 11:02:47 AM PDT by decimon

CLEVELAND - Contrary to what we’ve been told, eliminating or severely limiting fats from the diet may not be beneficial to cardiac function in patients suffering from heart failure, a study at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine reports. Results from biological model studies conducted by assistant professor of physiology and biophysics Margaret Chandler, PhD, and other researchers, demonstrate that a high-fat diet improved overall mechanical function, in other words, the heart’s ability to pump, and was accompanied by cardiac insulin resistance. “Does that mean I can go out and eat my Big Mac after I have a heart attack,” Dr. Chandler says “No, but treatments that act to provide sufficient energy to the heart and allow the heart to utilize or to maintain its normal metabolic profile may actually be advantageous.” The research, published in American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, suggests that for a damaged heart, a balanced diet that includes mono- and polyunsaturated fats, and which replaces simple sugars (sucrose and fructose) with complex carbohydrates, may be beneficial. In a healthy person, the heart uses both fats and carbohydrates to obtain the energy it needs to continue pumping blood 24/7. Ideally, fats are utilized because they yield more energy. However, if a person develops heart failure (or suffers from ischemia – a lack of blood supply), the heart seems to prefer using glucose for fuel, because glucose requires less oxygen to produce energy.

(Excerpt) Read more at case.edu ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: damagedhearts; diet; fats; heart; heartdisease

1 posted on 05/04/2011 11:02:47 AM PDT by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; conservative cat; ...

Heavy fuel ping.


2 posted on 05/04/2011 11:03:19 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
This calls for a bacon cheeseburger!


3 posted on 05/04/2011 11:05:00 AM PDT by massmike (DADT repeal: the Boy Scouts now have tougher membership requirements than the Army!)
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To: massmike

That bacon cheeseburger is incomplete. It needs a fried egg on it. And more bacon.


4 posted on 05/04/2011 11:07:43 AM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: decimon

“Sumtimes ya jes gotter greeze ‘her up... makes all the pices and parts sorts slyyyyyde past each other mo betta. jes greeze her up.”


5 posted on 05/04/2011 11:08:00 AM PDT by Adder (Part 1 Accomplished)
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To: decimon
Eat up, biggun'!!!


6 posted on 05/04/2011 11:09:47 AM PDT by Edgar3 (Don't THREAD on me!)
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To: decimon

“accompanied by cardiac insulin resistance.” Can somebody explain why that is a good thing? Maybe my reading comprehension’s malfunctioning?


7 posted on 05/04/2011 11:09:51 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: decimon
If fat is good following a heart attack, it should be valuable to prevent the heart attack. Why wait for the heart attack to have a Big Mac?
8 posted on 05/04/2011 11:09:57 AM PDT by iontheball
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9 posted on 05/04/2011 11:12:06 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Almost as evil as the Freeper Criminal Mastermind)
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To: jjsheridan5
...and a super-size order of fries!


10 posted on 05/04/2011 11:12:40 AM PDT by massmike (DADT repeal: the Boy Scouts now have tougher membership requirements than the Army!)
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To: decimon

So I have read recently is aspirin regiment may not be helpful, diabetics should eat more salt, a low salt diet may hurt you, low calorie diet may be harmful, we know a high carb diet made America fat, whats next smoking is good for you? Reminds of the movie sleeper.


11 posted on 05/04/2011 11:13:16 AM PDT by big bad easter bunny
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To: neverdem

Just batting this thing around a bit:

A degree of insulin resistance (that I associate with diabetes) creating a high blood glucose level (that I would call hyperglycemia) may be good for a damaged heart? Or would it be that a high-fat intake would create this condition temporarily?


12 posted on 05/04/2011 11:15:07 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

pump lube


13 posted on 05/04/2011 11:15:37 AM PDT by reg45
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To: decimon

....everybody knows that machinery must be greased in order to function properly....


14 posted on 05/04/2011 11:15:48 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: Silentgypsy
“accompanied by cardiac insulin resistance.” Can somebody explain why that is a good thing? Maybe my reading comprehension’s malfunctioning?

See my post #12. No answers there but questions.

15 posted on 05/04/2011 11:19:00 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
Fat in the diet is only deleterious to the sedentary.

People are omnivores... We eat everything that can not get away. The strongest amongst us eat enough calories to kill a cow... Lean and mean because they are chasing down a pig, or plowing a field. These types are always hungry.

We have to pay taxes to feed the sedentary fat-bodies living off of our desire to survive; Then listen to them harp about their fat bumms and desie to ban happy meals and lard.

16 posted on 05/04/2011 11:20:13 AM PDT by mmercier
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Ah, so granny was right—everything, but in moderation!


17 posted on 05/04/2011 11:21:01 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: decimon

I’m soooo confuuuussed!


18 posted on 05/04/2011 11:21:39 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again for our justification)
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To: PoloSec
I’m soooo confuuuussed!

Taken in isolation, this report can make sense. But it seems to deny not just what we've heard about heart disease but what we've heard about diabetes. But it's a short summary of a complicated subject.

19 posted on 05/04/2011 11:28:46 AM PDT by decimon
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To: massmike
This calls for a bacon cheeseburger!

Too much salt on that. And bread. The fat's good, though.

20 posted on 05/04/2011 11:29:49 AM PDT by NonZeroSum
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To: decimon

21 posted on 05/04/2011 11:32:42 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: jjsheridan5

“That bacon cheeseburger is incomplete. It needs a fried egg on it.”

Blasphemer!


22 posted on 05/04/2011 11:36:45 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Blasphemy, you say? Fine, in addition to the fried egg, extra mayo.


23 posted on 05/04/2011 11:43:21 AM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

My great-great Aunt Agnes used to say, “Everything in moderation. Including moderation!”

(She died just days before her 105th birthday this year.)


24 posted on 05/04/2011 11:54:02 AM PDT by Ellendra (Profanity is the mark of a conversational cripple.)
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To: Boogieman

I have struggled with my weight my entire life, but primarily because I followed conventional wisdom and ate according to the government’s food pyramid - - lots of carbs and relatively low fat. Each year I continued to add pounds despite eating the “correct” way. Now I am following a ketogenic diet - - not just an Adkins-like diet of high protein - - but one in which fats are the primary source of calories. I have forced my body to burn fats because I eat very little carbs and only moderate amounts of protein. It is working for me to injest lots of fats so I am not surprised by this article.


25 posted on 05/04/2011 11:55:35 AM PDT by burghguy
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To: massmike

Ditch that bun with the awful high fructose corn syrup!


26 posted on 05/04/2011 12:10:25 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Germans in 1932 thought they were voting for change too.)
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To: burghguy

For an individual, it’s like every specie of bird, each has its own specific diet. To have government collectively assign diets is murder in the know and punishment and a psychology of accepting government threat, day in day out, on a daily basis, with lawyers sueing you for eating wrong in their views.

I have G6PD (similar to sickle cell) and low metabolism, and my diet is very specific, but, guess what, the government is like the military, until you get the “profile” you must eat and die like everyone else... and, oh, with universal health care, do not expect to get a “referal” any time soon if they do not like your face.

The bureaucratization of our daily lives is murder and concentration camp mentality.


27 posted on 05/04/2011 12:32:02 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrates Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: decimon

It is only in recent medical history that a low fat diet has been deemed, “healthy.” How that happened is narrated in Gary Taubes, GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES: FATS, CARBS, AND THE CONTROVERSIAL SCIENCE OF DIET AND HEALTH. He has just written a condensed version, WHY WE GET FAT. You won’t think the same way after reading these books. They’ve been really life changing for our family.

For starters, read:

The Soft Science of Dietary Fat by Gary Taubes
http://www.nutritionandhealth.info/downloads/softsciencefat.pdf


28 posted on 05/04/2011 1:57:10 PM PDT by Madam Theophilus
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To: jjsheridan5

“Fine, in addition to the fried egg, extra mayo.”

Ok, mayo is just a condiment, I can deal with that, but fried eggs belong on the breakfast table, not on a burger :)


29 posted on 05/05/2011 7:32:06 AM PDT by Boogieman
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