Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been used for decades to treat a variety of medical conditions, including decompression sickness, wounds and carbon monoxide poisoning. More recently, HBOT has been studied for its potential benefits in boosting metabolism and aiding in weight loss. The results have been so profound that new studies by the American Diabetes Association are progressing to the point that HBOT may become a firstline treatment in the obesity epidemic.
HBOT involves breathing in pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and tissues. This increased oxygen supply can stimulate the body’s metabolic processes, leading to an increased rate of burning calories and fat. Increased metabolism comes from upregulation of the mitochondria and an increase in cellular energy or ATP.
One study conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch found that HBOT increased the metabolic rate of obese mice by up to 13 percent. The treatment also reduced the mice’s levels of insulin and leptin, hormones that regulate fat storage and hunger. This means reduced storage of glucose as fat and increased ability of muscle to burn calories, a truly significant finding.
Another study conducted at the University of California, San Diego found that HBOT improved insulin sensitivity and reduced inflammation in obese individuals. The reduction in inflammation allowed for less swellinging down to the cellular level and increased ability of cellular messaging. These effects could potentially lead to weight loss and improved overall health.
Additionally, HBOT has been shown to promote wound healing and tissue repair, which can aid in post-surgery recovery and help individuals with injuries or chronic illnesses maintain a healthy weight. Post surgical weight gain can be multifactorial, however healing up to 40% faster allows for increased activity and less time spent recovering in a sedentary state.
Hyperbaric Oxygen promotes mitochondrial upregulation and increases metabolism up to 13%
While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of HBOT on metabolism and weight loss, the preliminary results are promising. HBOT may be a potential treatment option for individuals struggling with obesity and related health conditions.
It is important to note that HBOT should not be used as a replacement for a healthy diet and regular exercise. It should only be used under the guidance of a medical professional as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
University of Texas Medical Branch study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5706146/
University of California, San Diego study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002315/
American Board of Hyperbaric Medicine: https://www.abhms.org/hyperbaric-medicine/what-is-hyperbaric-medicine/
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