Monday, February 25, 2013

The New Paleo Diet Study: Just the Fats Ma'am

I don't know that this study is worth three posts -- grin -- but I decided to break it up anyway.  I blogged on the diet itself here, and the weight loss here.  This post will address the impact on ectopic fat.  So first, I want to mention the "misleading title" peeves.  Ectopic fat is defined in the abstract:
Ectopic fat accumulation in liver and skeletal muscle may be an essential link between abdominal obesity, insulin resistance and increased risk of cardiovascular disease after menopause.
Here's the relevant synopsis of the results:
Liver triglyceride levels decreased by 49% whereas IMCL [intramyocellular lipid] levels in skeletal muscle were not significantly altered.
Which apparently garnered the conclusion:
A modified Palaeolithic-type diet has strong and tissue-specific effects on ectopic lipid deposition in postmenopausal women.
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