Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution:
A Powerful New Dietary Defense against Aging
The always-controversial Robert C. Atkins, author of the bestselling Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution and Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution, is back in the thick of health and nutritional debates with his new book, Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution. In this new book, Dr. Atkins does more than simply direct his readers to eat this, don't eat that. Instead, he teaches them the science behind his recommendations, showing precisely how the dietary recommendations long preached by his clinic have helped thousands slow -- or even reverse -- the aging process.
Aging, as Dr. Atkins points out, is largely based upon damage done to body tissues by a lifetime of improper eating and dangerous chemical exposure. Where Atkins's work becomes controversial is in the specifics of what he considers "improper eating." The prevailing wisdom in the American medical community has long been, in its most simplified form, that fats are bad and carbohydrates are good and that the safe road to preventing heart disease requires the elimination of cholesterol and saturated fats from the diet. Dr. Atkins strongly disagrees; the real danger, as he sees it, is not high cholesterol but rather an imbalance of "good" (HDL) and "bad" (LDL) cholesterol, caused by blood sugar disorders.
Atkins in fact claims that recent advice steering American away from meat and toward carbohydrates has only worsened our growing health crisis. The problem with the modern American diet, according to Atkins, is less its fat content then its relative preponderance of refined carbohydrates. As evidence, he cites the work of Dr. T. L. Cleave and his Rule of Twenty Years: Almost exactly 20 years after Western foods containing refined carbohydrates are introduced into non-Western cultures, diabetes and heart disease begin to appear in the population. Twenty years after that, these illnesses are widespread.
The link between diabetes and heart disease is just beginning to be discussed within the medical community at large. Doctors have now identified a collection of risk factors for heart disease, collectively known as "Syndrome X": abdominal obesity, hypertension, blood sugar abnormalities, high triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol. The common link among all of these conditions, for Atkins, is hyperinsulinism, a prediabetic disorder that affects perhaps 60 million Americans and that usually goes undiagnosed until it has turned into full-blown type II diabetes.
Thus, for Dr. Atkins, insulin is one of the keys to the aging process. The other is damage from free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive, out of balance atoms that seek to restore their own balance by stealing electrons wherever they can find them. When free radicals circulate within the human body, they rob those electrons from cellular tissues, often causing dangerous damage. Much of the action of free radicals is kept under control by the body's own defenses. But when free radicals attack "bad" LDL cholesterol, for instance, the cholesterol becomes extremely sticky and begins attaching to the walls of the arteries, potentially leading to atherosclerosis. When free radicals attack cellular DNA, the means by which the cells reproduce may be altered, potentially leading to cancer.
The sources of free radicals include environmental pollutants and prescription drugs, and some are even produced by the body. But the foods we eat also affect the circulation of free radicals; Atkins points particularly to polyunsaturated fats -- particularly the trans fats frequently found in margarine and vegetable shortenings -- as major culprits. Thus, as many doctors are grudgingly admitting, the advice we were all given -- to give up butter and replace it with margarine -- may have hurt us, rather than helped.
To combat both the dangers of hyperinsulinism and those of damage from free radicals, Atkins encourages a diet low in carbohydrates. In contrast to his earlier weight-loss diet, the age-defying diet permits a moderate intake of complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables and whole grains. However, intake of refined carbohydrates, such as sugars and white flours, should be as close to zero as possible. Atkins also suggests a regimen of "vita-nutrients," as he calls them, including antioxidant vitamins, enzymes, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids. He also stresses the importance of hormone optimizing, detoxification, and exercise as part of his overall program.
With a plethora of practical advice and clear, coherent explanations of the science behind the recommendations, Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution makes a provocative argument for a new way of looking at the American diet, particularly a new way of considering what "normal" aging should be.
From the Publisher
The doctor America trusts now shows you how to live longer and feel better!
World-renowned medical expert Dr. Robert C. Atkins has shown millions how to lose weight and keep it off, eating the foods they like without being hungry. Now he presents a revolutionary program to give you a longer, better, healthier life.
This new plan is not just a diet, it's an easy-to-stay-with regimen that combines nutrition and vitanutrient supplements into a unique, age-defying program.
You'll learn the safest, surest ways to help:
* Add many more years to your life
* Boost your immune defenses
* Enhance brain function and memory
* Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
* Lose weight without restricting calories
* Combat adult-onset diabetes
Through his bestselling books and his Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, Americans have trusted Dr. Robert C. Atkins with their health and diet concerns for over twenty-five years. Now he shows us a clear, effective way to feel younger, stronger, healthier, and more energized!
World-renowned expert Dr. Robert Atkins has been helping poeple lose weight for over 25 years through his bestselling books and his Center for Complementary Medicine. Now he explains his powerful, new, and easy-to-stay-on diet program to help you add many more years to your life, boost your immune system, enhance brain function and memory, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, combat adult-onset diabetes, more.