The danger of overeating: Too many calories cause fat cells to become ‘infected’
(NaturalHealth365) Do you have unwanted fat on your body? Unfortunately, it turns out that excess body fat doesn’t just sit there on your body and look ‘bad.’
Research clearly shows that fat cells can trigger an unhealthy inflammation response – especially in people who are prone to overeating.
Incidentally, you may already have heard that an excess of fat cells promotes cancer cell growth in people with obesity. It’s mainly due to the stress on the hormonal system. But, here’s what the new research is telling us.
Another reason why fat cells have such a negative affect on our health is what’s called the “immune-mediated inflammatory response.”
Overeating throws the entire immune system into chaos
In a March 2013 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Cell Metabolism, researchers from The Methodist Hospital found that high calorie diets did far more than “just” cause an over-accumulation of fat cells (as if that isn’t problematic enough).
It turns out, these excess and “overfed” fat cells actually stimulate an increase in the production of a group of proteins called major histocompatibility complex II (MHCII).
This is bad news, and we’ll talk about why in a second. First, let’s talk about how this happens:
The standard American diet and lifestyle tends to be high in sugar, high (toxic) fat way of eating loaded with ’empty’ (worthless) calories – combined with an overall lack of physical activity. These excess nutrients are stored as body fat.
Eventually, extra fat cells help to produce leptin – a hormone whose main role is to inhibit hunger, signaling you to stop eating in an ‘ideal’ world.
Unfortunately, excessive amounts of leptin caused by overeating trigger specific immune cells to produce a molecule called interferon gamma. Then, this molecule triggers fat cells to produce MHCII.
Why is inappropriate MHCII protein production a problem? (Let’s talk about that now.)
A WARNING about widespread inflammation and disease risk
MHCII proteins are normally involved in immune responses against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. In other words, they help launch a necessary inflammatory response that is required to help the body fight off infection.
The problem is, the mice and humans involved in the study mentioned were not under attack by any pathogens. But because these proteins were being produced by the excess fat cells, the immune system acted as if there was a pathogenic threat, thus triggering an inflammatory response.
What’s the takeaway? Fat cells – especially those caused by overeating – issue false alarm (stress) signals to the body by producing immune-mediated proteins. This effectively launches a widespread systemic inflammation – a type of inflammation which has been linked to major diseases including cancer, diabetes, dementia and depression.
In other words: the global public health crisis of obesity isn’t just about being fat and sick – but, rather, it’s about the fact that being fat can literally make you sick.
Your goal? Shed the excess pounds, keep those pounds off, and adopt a lifestyle that reduces inflammation.
This way, you’ll be far more likely to avoid serious chronic health diseases and more likely to enjoy a lean (healthy) body weight.
Sources for this article include:
Food & Nutrition
Natural Health 365
Natural Health 365 is a premium source of trending and popular health-related news, science, testimony & research articles on the most up to date and relevant natural health information. The Food & Nutrition articles found herein are meant to inform and advise our site visitors on eating healthy, nutritious foods and safely using supplements and vitamins to achieve optimal health.
Join thousands of daily visitors staying informed and involved on Natural Health 365! We seek out scientific solutions with proven results and it is our mission to keep you informed! Articles range in topic from the cancer fighting qualities of Olive Oil, to the remarkably high concentration of anti-oxidants found in blueberries, to how to make your own almond milk, to a nutritional comparison of organic vs conventional produce, to an analysis of the health benefits of tree nuts. You can find all of the Food News Articles here
Read Some of Our Most Popular Articles
Artichokes, Olive Oil, Almond Milk, Blueberries
Food News is one of our major post categories on www.naturalhealth365.com and contains over 350 articles that cover a wide range of subjects; including but not limited to…
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Organic Foods
- Healthy Fats
- Non GMO
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- Health News
- Coconut Oil
- Healthy Eating
- Nutrition News
- Processed Foods
- Saturated Fats
More Food & Nutrition Articles
Fresh Organic Produce Fights Cancer, Susan G. Komen on Organic Foods, Hemp Seeds for Inflammation, Pau D’Arco For Improved Immunity
In addition to exploring health benefits of certain foods, vitamins and supplements, we also aim to connect healthy eating and balanced consumption of dietary supplements to long-lasting health and adding healthy, happy years to your life. For example, did you know that eating Granny Smith Apples on a regular basis can reduce your chance of building up unhealthy gut yeast? Or that ingesting ground hemp seeds can significantly reduce inflammation throughout the body? Perhaps you didn’t know that Fresh Organic Produce has been found to have higher concentrations of key, cancer-fighting anti-oxidants and vitamins than conventional produce? You can find all of that information and more right here on Natural Health 365.
We’d love to know what you’re thinking! Please join the conversation on Facebook, post comments here on the website and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Please use and share the articles you find here with your friends, family and peers.
The post The danger of overeating: Too many calories cause fat cells to become ‘infected’ appeared first on Natural Health 365.