Day 92 – Degenerative Diseases

Day 92 – Degenerative Diseases – April 27, 2016 –  To follow-up the past two posts, today I will share excerpts and highlights regarding degenerative diseases from The Schwarzbein Principle, “The Truth About Losing Weight, Being Healthy and Feeling Younger” written by Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. and Nancy Deville.

Dr. Schwarzbein is a leading authority on metabolic healing. She founded the Endocrinology Institute of Santa Barbara in 1993. Schwarzbein is an endocrinologist and sub-specializes in metabolism, diabetes, osteoporosis, menopause and thyroid conditions.


Per Schwarzbein, degenerative diseases are not genetic but acquired. As shared in yesterday’s post, Insulin Resistance, increased insulin levels disrupt other hormones in the body and this imbalance can lead to disease. When insulin levels are too high for too long, the result is excessive body fat.

excess body fat

Excess weight gain and body fat can lead to infections and the chronic degenerative diseases of aging:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Different types of cancer
  • Cholesterol abnormalities
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Type II diabetes


It is often thought that degenerative diseases are genetically transmitted but genetic diseases are typically diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence. Excessive body-fat gain occurs primarily in adults and usually after the age of thirty or older. At this age, our cells do not utilize sugar as well as they did when were younger.

Time is not the only factor that causes cellular aging that leads to degenerative diseases. Other factors include:

  • What you have eaten
  • How you have lived your life
  • The actual age of your cells
  • The health of your metabolism


The majority of people are not born with too much insulin. People acquire prolonged high insulin levels primarily through:

  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Dieting
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Steroids
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stimulants and other recreational drugs
  • Excessive and/or unnecessary thyroid replacement therapy
  • All over-the-counter and prescription drugs
  • Eating a diet deficient in proteins and fats while eating excess carbohydrates (see post Fat Does NOT Make You Fat)

body fat

Day 92 – Degenerative Diseases

Do you know your BMI, Body Mass Index, number? If not, see blog post, Day 23 BMI for information and links to a calculator.

I hope you have enjoyed the posts this week. It is rare for me to dedicate three blog posts to one book but I feel that Diana Schwarzbein’s books are worthy of sharing the information. I barely touched on it.

I think it’s powerful to learn that we have more control over our health and our bodies than we may realize. 

If you know of anyone who has heart disease, is diabetic or borderline, overweight with excess belly fat or having trouble with their metabolism, I hope you will forward this blog post about Diana Schwarzbein’s book, The Schwarzbein Principle or her newest book, The Program.

Please know that I received nothing in return for these posts. I have seen the effects a low-fat diet can have on a person. I know the effects of too much sugar. Schwarzbein’s books teach us about food, our hormones, our bodies and our health and includes details on the foods to help heal your metabolism so you can lose weight and achieve optimal health. Her web site is,

This wraps up my book review.

Tomorrow night, I will post my weight and on to other topics, recipes and more. Thanks for following along…

Facing MY FAT,


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