Keep Your Metabolic Idle Running with Keto-DHEADecember 10, 2012
Keep Your Metabolic Idle Running with Keto-DHEA
Referenece: Kalman Curr Therapy Research
“I eat like a bird and still gain weight!”. Ever heard that? Well, as we get older, it’s true. We have a perfect storm of metabolic problems that block our ability to burn energy with aging. The “idle” on our engine slows down. While at rest, our resting metabolic rate is determined by a variety of factors. Our muscle mass and the fitness we are in is a large part of that.
Without exercise, the number of mitochondria decline in our muscles. The number of fibers drops too. So total muscle mass drops. Our essential organs like our brain, kidneys, liver and our heart are all functioning 24/7 keep working but their mitochondria are affected by declining CoQ10. They burn less energy too. We have written how sarcopenia (loss of muscle with aging) can be prevented by alkaline eating (huge amounts of veges).
As we age, we also gradually shift our anabolic/catabolic hormone balance. At younger ages, our anabolic hormones, those that build us up, exceed the effect of our catabolic hormones, those that wear us down. Anabolic equals testosterone and DHEA. Catabolic equals cortisol. As we age, our balance shifts such that we make more cortisol and less testosterone and DHEA. We become more catabolic, which means we break our tissue down more than we build it up. (Yes, women make testosterone too, on the way to making Estrogen.) Our balance shifts. We break muscles down. Our resting metabolic rate goes down further. Can we give our resting rate a boost?
Can we restore more youthful balance of our anabolic and catabolic hormones? And the answer to that is YES! We can replace these hormones! Here is the tricky thing. DHEA is on the pathway from cholesterol to estrogen. It’s just two steps from DHEA to testosterone, and then just one step to estrogen. When you take DHEA, you will raise your testosterone. Women may not like that when they have a chin hair or two.
But there is a trick we can play. Keto-DHEA is a slightly altered form of DHEA that isn’t converted to testosterone. And it raises your metabolic rate. When you try to lose weight, your resting rate goes down, you make more reverse T3 and your body becomes more efficient. You stop losing weight. Enter keto-DHEA. It turns on three enzymes that help you burn energy and make more heat. The net effect is that you maintain your resting rate of burning energy even when you are trying to lose weight. So, you keep losing weight. You may need testosterone or estrogen balanced as part of your healthy aging plan. But if weight loss is part of your goal, adding keto-DHEA to the formula may be a big help. Recognizing that DHEA is a critically important hormone in the symphony of our hormonal balance means we all need to think about where it fits in our own aging and our own struggle to keep ourselves well and vibrant.
WWW. What Will Work for me? I’m starting more women on higher doses of keto-DHEA and so far have seen one quite happy customer. You can read a nice review article in Life Extension this month if you want to read more. I’m trying to eat more vegetables to keep myself alkaline and I’m doing my best to keep my muscle mass up with regular exercise. That way, my own DHEA will have a fighting chance to keep my metabolic rate up, and my waste line down. (Yes, I know how to spell.)
Written by John Whitcomb, MD Brookfield Longevity and Healthy Living Clinic, 17575 W North Ave, # 160 Milwaukee, WI 53045 262-784-5300 www.LiveLongMD.com