Beyond the two major sources of disease, genetic and infection, asymptomatic diseases like blood oxidative stress or BLOS are poorly understood and require more research and novel treatment approaches. BLOS may be the primary cause of several health problems and diseases. This category groups together posts that explore this topic.
My friend Jeff died at the young age of 48 last year. His death came as a shock, but it didn’t really surprise me. Jeff made bad lifestyle choices his entire life.
Jeff’s Health History
Jeff’s family had a bad history of heart disease with his own father dying at a young age one year after his retirement. Jeff had a high school education and they didn’t prepare him with any meaningful advice on healthy lifestyle choices. Jeff joined the U.S. Army and served with honor. The U.S. military didn’t provide good guidance on healthy lifestyle choices beyond physical training. I saw Jeff after he earned his Airborne wings and he was in the best shape of his adult life. However, he also indulged in heavy drinking and smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day. After his military stent, Jeff eventually ended up working for a major equipment company. Although this was Jeff’s dream job, the company didn’t provide any help for Jeff and his health. The last time that I saw Jeff, he was in his late 30’s and obese. He had a stroke a few weeks before our meeting. He never lost the weight or stopped smoking and he died of a heart attack at the age of 48. Why is this happening to young adults?
More than 2/3 of adult Americans suffer from elevated Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS), which may cause multiple health problems. BLOS costs Americans about $1 Trillion in medical costs every year. The primary cause of BLOS is the Western Diet, so proper dietary choices may reduce BLOS for improved health. In addition, effective fitness and antioxidant supplements may also help manage BLOS. How does someone organize a new health hack that uses these three lifestyle choices for reducing BLOS? Are there custom health hack kits for specific health problems?
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Heart Disease is a big problem in Western Countries. In the USA, there are 100 million adults suffering from Heart Disease. Heart Disease is an asymptomatic disease, which culminates in either stroke or heart attack. In addition to the painful experience of a heart attack, the average medical cost is $11,500! The underlying process of Heart Disease is Atherosclerosis. There are multiple theories on the cause of Atherosclerosis, but Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) is the only theory that could explain the bulk of it. BLOS is widespread with more than 2/3 of adult Americans (160+ million) thought to suffer from it. The rise of the Western Diet and the increase of heart disease rates follow similar trends.
What is Blood Oxidative Stress?
BLOS is blood cells that generate high amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These ROS are the primary molecule responsible for Oxidative Stress. It is thought that the inorganic sulfur content of the processed foods may be the true dietary cause of BLOS. If true, then folks with Heart Disease will need a way to monitor both BLOS and Atherosclerosis to evaluate dietary choices and whether other lifestyle choices may be effective.
BLOS Key Process in Atherosclerosis
Oxidative Stress could be the cause of Atherosclerosis leading to Heart Disease. Long-term, elevated BLOS could be the key oxidation process of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL), which drives Atherosclerosis.
Diabetes is a big problem in Western Countries. In the USA, there are 30 million diabetics. There are multiple theories on the cause, but Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) is the only theory that could explain the bulk of it. BLOS is widespread with more than 2/3 of adult Americans (160+ million) thought to suffer from it. The rise of the Western Diet and the increase of diabetes rates follow similar trends. It is thought that the inorganic sulfur content of the processed foods may be the true dietary cause of BLOS. If true, then managing BLOS will require a concerted, large-scale effort to generate useful dietary information based on BLOS measurement. BLOS may be the Black Swan event for health care due to the enormous impact on health and cost.
What is Blood Oxidative Stress?
BLOS is blood cells that generate high amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These ROS are the primary molecule responsible for Oxidative Stress. Oxidative Stress could be the cause of Type 2 Diabetes, since the ROS inhibits glucose transport and pancreas production of insulin. Control of BLOS reduces ROS production, which reduces the inhibition of both glucose transport and insulin production.
Diabetes Prevention Programs continue to grow in popularity in the United States. These Programs feature weekly meetings with trained lifestyle coaches that help participants evaluate and change lifestyle choices with an emphasis on weight loss. Avoiding the progression from Prediabetes to Type 2 Diabetes reduces health care costs, which is about $17,000 per year! An estimated 84 Million Americans have Prediabetes and 9 out of 10 do not know it! Structured lifestyle changes reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by half, but why don’t they work all the time? Can we improve a Diabetes Prevention Program?
The signs of oxidative stress from blood take years to fully develop, but early diagnosis may prevent many health problems. The traditional approach to disease diagnosis is through the observation of one or more symptoms. Rapid, accurate diagnosis is the key to treating symptomatic diseases. Diseases that take years or decades to manifest as symptoms are Asymptomatic and rely on the underlying pathology for diagnosis. Two examples of Asymptomatic Diseases are Alzheimer’s and Cardiovascular Diseases. A recent news article describes how the Research Community redefined Alzheimer’s Disease as an Asymptomatic Disease. In turn, this new definition will lead the development of new drugs for treating the underlying pathology before symptoms develop. Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS is another Asymptomatic Disease that demands more attention from the medical research community and public health officials.
Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS)
Oxidative Stress receives lots of attention from medical researchers with new theories suggesting it causes multiple health problems including an increased risk of cancer. There at least two sources of Oxidative Stress and Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS may be the dominant source. BLOS may be the true underlying cause of several diseases. In fact, the underlying cause of Cardiovascular Disease may be BLOS, since it provides a mechanistic model for atherosclerosis that does not depend on a genetic mutation.