High Fructose Corn Syrup may block Vitamin D increasing risk COVID-19 infection


It’s increasingly clear that metabolic health and Vitamin D deficiency lead to more serious cases of COVID-19. Obviously I’m not a doctor but when I heard the information in this post I had to pass it along.

I ran across the following recording of Dr. Roger Seheult of MedCram.com. In this audio he explains how High Fructose Corn Syrup can block the Vitamin D in your body from being effective thereby hurting your immune system and leaving you possibly more susceptible to COVID-19.

Then I did a little searching and found this study from 2014 where they point out the same information.

… chronic intake of high levels of dietary fructose can lead to a decrease in circulating levels of 1,25(OH)2D3 independent of dietary Ca2+ levels and of physiological increases in Ca2+ requirement. This work is highly relevant since fructose, a sugar contained in many types of foods that are being consumed at high levels, may contribute to the increasing prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency…


Then I found the video mentioned in the audio clip by Dr. Seheult on YouTube where he goes more in depth about the effects of HFCS on Vitamin D.

Study: Metabolic Syndrome on the Rise


Some of the unchanging facts during the COVID-19 pandemic is that most of the people that are having severe reactions and having difficulty recovering are those with metabolic syndrome.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a clustering of at least three of the five following medical conditions: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high serum triglycerides, and low serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL).


If you are suffering from these illnesses you are at a higher risk of death from COVID-19 than the rest of the population.

Some components of metabolic syndrome, such as obesity and hypertension, are associated with more severe COVID-19. Separately, research shows higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and deaths from COVID-19 among some racial and ethnic groups.

For example, hospitalization rates for COVID-19 among Blacks and Hispanics are four to five times higher than for non-Hispanic white people. Health disparities associated with COVID-19 may reflect a complex combination of elements — not just age and chronic medical conditions, but also genetic, social, environmental, and occupational factors. Similar factors probably play a role in why metabolic syndrome affects, and is rising in, some groups more than others. This is an area of active (and much needed) research.


This latest study from Harvard shows that metabolic syndrome is on the rise and is especially escalating in women, Asians, and Hispanics.

A new study explores how common metabolic syndrome is and who is getting it. Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 17,000 people who were representative of the US population in gender, race, and ethnicity. While the overall prevalence of metabolic syndrome increased slightly between 2011 and 2016 — going from 32.5% to 36.9% — it increased significantly among

women (from 31.7% to 36.6%)
adults ages 20 to 39 (from 16.2% to 21.3%)
Asian (from 19.9% to 26.2%) and Hispanic (from 32.9% to 40.4%) adults.


One of the tools to reverse metabolic syndrome is to immediately lower your carbohydrate intake and the Keto Diet is a great way to accomplish that. Of course, always seek your doctor’s advice before making any changes in your diet.

Nearly 50% of Americans over 60 suffer from metabolic syndrome


The bad news is way too many people suffer from metabolic syndrome. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to reverse. It starts with your diet and getting off the sugar/carbohydrate addiction.

As many as 37 percent of all American adults have metabolic syndrome, placing them at increased risk for heart disease and other health problems, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA.

In addition, nearly half of all U.S. adults aged 60 years and older have the condition, the researchers said.


It sounds like a fad but eating a low carb high fat diet combined with intermittent fasting works miracles when it comes to getting your metabolic health in order. It’s easier than you think and doesn’t require any calorie counting or calorie restriction. When you cut out the sugars and the carbs and replace them with high quality proteins you’ll find you won’t need to eat as much or as often.

Poor metabolic health is the weakness that allows COVID-19 to kill


It’s not the virus that is the big killer. It’s the virus plus the Standard American Diet (SAD). The US will suffer the most because we are the least metabolically healthy.

The map above shows where U.S residents are at increased risk for severe Covid-19 illness, compared with the national average. It is based on the estimated proportion of adults in each county who have one or more of these conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and chronic lung disease, using survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A majority of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 in the New York City area, an early epicenter of the nation’s outbreak, had one or more underlying health conditions. Studies from the C.D.C. and others suggest that, once infected with the coronavirus, people with such conditions are at particular risk for severe illness, including hospitalization and death. The conditions do not on their own increase a person’s chance of catching the disease.

New York Times

The American diet and COVID-19 mortality


The link between poor metabolic health and death from COVID-19 keeps cropping up in the news.

Doctors and scientists are discovering two common characteristics among many of those who are losing their battle with COVID-19 — they are overweight or obese and suffer from a chronic disease. Ninety four percent of deaths from COVID-19 are in those with an underlying age-related chronic disease, mostly caused by excess body fat.

COVID-19 has pulled back the curtain to reveal just how unhealthy we are as a nation. Only about 12 percent of Americans are metabolically healthy, without a large waist, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or high cholesterol. The major driver of poor metabolic health, which increases the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, is the nation’s diet — rich in starch, sugar, and processed foods


The latest on COVID-19 and obesity


According to the study authors, one way that obesity might increase the risk of severe COVID-19 involves respiratory dysfunction.

People with obesity are more likely to have higher resistance in their airways, lower lung volumes, and weaker respiratory muscles, which are critical in the defense against COVID-19. These factors make an individual more likely to develop pneumonia, and they place additional stress on the heart.

Medical News Today

Book: Life in the Fasting Lane


Last week I finished reading, “Life in the Fasting Lane”, and I think it’s a great book for anyone looking to get into intermittent fasting or even fasting for longer periods. The book follows the real experiences of Eve Mayer and chronicles her successes and struggles with weight, diet, and fasting.

There is nothing better than real people and their experiences to help you through getting started on improving your metabolic health. The book is an easy and fast read and contains enough information to help you along. It’s available in Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle versions.

Catch up sleep may help with metabolic syndrome


I guess sleeping in on the weekends can help out if you’re burning the candle at both ends on the weekday. Who knew!

Patients and Methods: A total of 1,453 individuals were selected from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Weekend CUS was divided into four categories: ≤ 0 hour, 0– 1 hour, 1– 2 hours, and ≥ 2 hours. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were derived by univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses.
Results: Participants with weekend CUS ≥ 1 hour had decreased risk of metabolic syndrome in univariate analysis (CUS 1– 2 hours: OR: 0.413, 95% CI: 0.301– 0.568; CUS ≥ 2 hours: OR: 0.382, 95% CI 0.296– 0.493). Weekend CUS 1– 2 hours reduced the risk of metabolic syndrome in multivariate logistic regression analysis (OR: 0.552, 95% CI: 0.369– 0.823). Based on the age group analysis, weekend CUS ≥ 1 hour reduced the metabolic syndrome among those aged 20– 39 and 40– 65 (20– 39: CUS 1– 2 hours OR: 0.248, 95% CI: 0.078– 0.783, CUS ≥ 2 hours OR: 0.374, 95% CI: 0.141– 0.991; 40– 65: CUS 1– 2 hours OR: 0.507, 95% CI 0.309– 0.832 CUS ≥ 2 hours OR: 0.638, 95% CI: 0.415– 0.981).
Conclusion: Weekend CUS was associated with a low risk of metabolic syndrome among Korean adults with sleep restriction.


Poor metabolic health increases vulnerability to COVID-10


If there was ever a time to get your metabolic health in order it’s now. The biggest risk factors for having severe reactions or even death, other than age, with regard to COVID-19 is obesity, Type-2 Diabetes, and other associated conditions from metabolic syndrome.

Despite our nation’s ability to produce so much healthful food, fewer than one American adult in five is metabolically healthy, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, had told me the week before. He cited a recent national report describing poor diet as “now the leading cause of poor health in the U.S.” and the cause of more than half a million deaths per year.

Dr. Mozaffarian explained that poor metabolic health was the immunity-impairing factor underlying cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity-related cancers that left so many nutritionally compromised Americans especially vulnerable to the lethal coronavirus now all but paralyzing the country.

“Only 12 percent of Americans are without high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or pre-diabetes,” he said in an interview last week. “The statistics are horrifying, but unlike Covid they happened gradually enough that people just shrugged their shoulders. However, beyond age, these are the biggest risk factors for illness and death from Covid-19.”

The New York Times

The New York Times stumbles in the story above by promoting fruit, vegetables, and whole grains when the current science shows that most fruits, some vegetables, and all grains are not that good for you. The current science shows that protein needs to be the star followed by saturated fat (the fat that comes with the meat) and non-root vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. Fruit should largely be ignored with the exception of berries and maybe grapefruit.

The best part about getting your metabolic health on the right track is that it doesn’t take that long to start the reversal process. Once you get started on low carbohydrate consumption your body responds by making you more sensitive to insulin. You’ll stop spiking your glucose levels and quickly move on the path to better metabolic health.

That’s not to say it’s super easy. If you’re addicted to breads and sugar it will be difficult… at first. But, anyone can do it as long as you concentrate on satiety. That feeling of being full. Reducing carbohydrates and replacing them with protein and fat will leave you feeling satiated longer.

I suggest you start with the books I have listed here on my site. They lay it all out on how to get started. ketokooking.com/books

What is metabolic syndrome?


I’m not a doctor so this will be a broad layman’s understanding of metabolic syndrome. Please do your own research and speak with your doctor. I’ve provided a few links at the bottom with some good informaiton. This is the first in a series of short articles on the topic.

What is it?

The term “metabolic syndrome” has been in the news a great deal lately especially surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. People suffering from metabolic syndrome are at a higher risk of death should they contract the COVID-19 virus. Now more than ever it’s important to know what metabolic syndrome is. I’ll have some follow up posts on what you can do to prevent or reverse it.

The quick definition of metabolic syndrome is a person who suffers from at least three of the following five medical conditions. They are:

  • Abdominal Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Blood Sugar
  • High Serum Triglycerides
  • Low Serum High-Density Lipoprotein

If you have any of these three you are at a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Both of these conditions, along with obesity, are high-risk factors for COVID-19 morbidity.

Possible Causes

The Standard American Diet (SAD) may be responsible for some people developing metabolic syndrome. The High Carb Low Fat (HCLF) diet promoted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Institute of Health, and the World Health Organization, among others, has been viewed lately as contributing to an epidemic of people becoming insulin resistant. When a person becomes resistant to insulin they have difficulty removing glucose from their bloodstream which requires their body to produce more insulin or in the case of people with type-2 diabetes their doctor prescribes additional insulin because their body won’t produce enough. Insulin is the primary hormone involved in converting glucose to fat. More insulin in a person’s bloodstream generally leads to obesity. There are arguments, however, as to whether obesity causes insulin resistance or insulin resistance causes obesity. This issue is irrelevant to this discussion.

The main point is that obesity is largely caused by the overconsumption of carbohydrates and obesity leads to several of the other health conditions that make up metabolic syndrome.


WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/heart/metabolic-syndrome/metabolic-syndrome-what-is-it#1

Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metabolic-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20351916

National Institute of Health: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/metabolic-syndrome

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metabolic_syndrome