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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 1

Re: Sears, Zone Diet and Type O's

Posted By: Dan Erway
Date: February 07, 1997 at 20:00:50

In Response To: Re: Sears, Zone Diet and Type O's (Peter D'Adamo)

: Dan,Hello Dr. D'Adamo,
: I happen to think that the "Zone" diet is very good, and fully agree with Dr. Sears that its principles can best be applied to type O's versus A, B and AB. If lectins in grains are binding to insulin receptors on the fat cells, what effects would this have on blood sugar levels and also levels of insulin in the blood? I am wondering if the grains would make it especially difficult for people with type O to control their insulin responses as recommended by Dr. Sears. Also do all grains have this effect or just the grains that contain gluten? Is oatmeal another culprit?
: The mechanism of insulin mimicking by lectins is well understood. Basically, many of the grain-derived lectins (especially wheat) attach to the insulin receptor on the fat cells and proceed to stimulate the fat cell to continually convert carbohydrate to stored fat. Because the lectins are not subject to the standard ways of being degraded (like insulin is, by feedback inhibition) they just continually stimulate the fat deposition non-stop.Thanks again for your help.
: Peter

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