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Carotid Intima-Media Thickness

I've talked about my bloodwork before ( and how it's improved since going to this way of eating. My doctor has been urging me to get a CIMT scan to see how healthy my arteries are after 8 months on Carnivore.

What is the CIMT?

The carotid intima-media thickness test (CIMT) is a measure used to diagnose the extent of carotid atherosclerotic vascular disease. The test measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery—the intima and media—and alerts physicians to any thickening when patients are still asymptomatic.

Early detection may indicate the need for a more aggressive approach to managing the risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke.

Aging is a contributing factor to increased carotid intima-media thickness. Other risk factors include high lipoprotein levels, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

Physicians use CIMT testing to determine the "age&q…

Eating less and still getting fat

Calories in calories out.

That’s what we hear all the time. Did you know that more recent studies have shown that not every calorie is created equally?

Sure, as a general rule you can use caloric intake as a method to reduce your weight and even improve your fitness and health.

But it only goes so far. Reducing your calories for a long-term period can have some very serious side effects.

Here’s the problem with calories in calories out....It doesn’t affect any positive long-term metabolic changes.

When you use the amount of food you eat as the controlling factor for fat loss and health, you are constantly changing your bodies ability to function efficiently. Remember when I wrote about what our metabolism is and how it affects health?

Reducing calories means reducing nutrients. Fats, protein, carbs, and all the vitamins and minerals your body needs will be low at times, then high at times. The constant back and fo…

Understanding your metabolism

“I wish I had your metabolism.”

“I just need to speed up my metabolism.”

“If I eat a bunch of small meals throughout the day, I’ll have a faster metabolism.”

Have you ever heard or even said something like this? When it comes to metabolism we equate everything to how fast we can burn fat off our waist.

Fortunately, there’s a lot more to it than that.

Metabolism is more than just the fuel burning process. Our metabolism is actually ALL our processes. It is what all of our bodily functions do in order for us to live.

Metabolism is the process of using the resources in our bodies to sustain life.

More than just fuel burning, it is the sum of our bodies ability to function.

In order to do that our bodies manage two overall processes that encompass a whole bunch of stuff.
Catabolism - the breakdown of molecules to obtain energyAnabolism - the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells to function We are machines. We need fuel. Our bodies break down what we eat to provide that fuel.