Dr. Timothy Noakes, MD, PhD
Books by Dr. Timothy Noakes, MD, PhD
Video Presentations of Dr. Timothy Noakes, MD, PhD
It's the Insulin Resistance, Stupid! (Part One)
Professor Tim Noakes was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1949. As a youngster, he had a keen interest in sport and attended Diocesan College in Cape Town. Following this, he studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and obtained an MBChB degree in 1974, an MD in 1981 and a DSc (Med) in Exercise Science in 2002.
Prof. Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 19,000 times in scientific literature, has an H-index of 71 and has been rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa for a second 5-year term. He has won numerous awards over the years and made himself available on many editorial boards.
In 2012, Tim founded 'The Noakes Foundation', a Non-Profit Corporation founded for public benefit which aims to advance medical science’s understanding of the benefits of a low-carb high-fat (LCHF) diet by providing evidence-based information on optimum nutrition that is free from commercial agenda. The foundation has also started the Eat Better South Africans campaign, which allows South Africans in even the poorest communities to adopt a high-fat, low-carb, extremely healthy diet for just three dollars per day.
It's the Insulin Resistance, Stupid! (Part Two)
"The Cholesterol Hypothesis: 10 Key Ideas That the Diet Dictators Have Hidden" - Prof. Tim Noakes
"LCHF for Elite Athletes" - Prof. Tim Noakes
"Medical Aspects of the Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle" - Prof. Tim Noakes
"Hiding Unhealthy Heart Outcomes in Low-Fat Diet Trials" - Prof. Tim Noakes
Challenging Conventional Dietary Guidelines - Dr. Tim Noakes
Sports Applications of Ketosis and Beyond - Dr. Tim Noakes
An impressive body of scientific evidence over the last 15 years documents long term benefits of carbohydrate-restricted, especially ketogenic, diets. We now understand molecular mechanisms and why they work. Popular books and articles now challenge the advice ‘carbohydrates are good and fats are bad.’ Circa mid-19th century urinary ketones were identified in diabetics sealing their toxic label for the next 150 years. Despite work four decades ago showing ketones were highly functional metabolites, they are still misidentified as toxic byproducts of fat metabolism. The vilification of fat by regulatory and popular dogma perpetuates this myth. But the nutrition-metabolic landscape is improving dramatically.
A growing number of researchers have contributed to what is now a critical mass of science that provides compelling clinical evidence that ketogenic diets uniquely benefit weight loss, pre-diabetes, and type-2 diabetes. In the last five years, basic scientists have discovered that b-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), the primary circulating ketone, is a potent signaling molecule that decreases inflammation and oxidative stress. BHB has been suggested to be a longevity metabolite, with strong support from recently published mouse studies showing decreased midlife mortality and extended longevity and healthspan. Although type-2 diabetes is often described as a chronic progressive disease, emerging evidence indicates that sustained nutritional ketosis can reverses the disease. There is growing interest in studying potential therapeutic effects of ketosis on cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. There are even reasons certain athletes may benefit from nutritional ketosis and ketone supplements ─ debunking the long-standing dogma that high carbohydrate intake is required to perform optimally.
Tim Noakes on Trial
In 2014, Professor Tim Noakes was reported to the Health Professions Council of South Africa for giving unprofessional dietary advice. He was advocating a low-carb, high-fat diet… in a tweet.
What followed was a four-year legal process of Kafkaesque proportions. Should a top-level scientist have his life and legacy ruined by a tweet? And is there anything wrong with a low-carb diet in the first place?
Fortunately, Professor Noakes is a fighter, and he was certainly not about to give up.
Here’s the story of Noakes’ fascinating multi-year struggle, with interviews of people who participated, and video from the court case, in a Diet Doctor mini documentary.
Challenging Conventional Dietary Guidelines - by Prof. Tim Noakes (PHC Conference 2018)
Filmed at the Public Health Collaboration Conference 2018 at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London.
UCT Faculty of Health Sciences Centenary Debate - Prof. Tim Noakes
Tim Noakes, director of the UCT/Medical Research Council (MRC) Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and Discovery Health professor of exercise and sports science shares his views during the "The Great Centenary Debate" at the University of Cape Town's Faculty of Health Sciences. The debate was a showdown between Noakes and Dr Jacques Rossouw on the topic "Cholesterol is not an important factor for heart disease and current dietary recommendations do even more harm than good.