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We Think Obesity Causes Diabetes. What If We Have That Backwards?

Monday, July 15, 2013   (0 Comments)
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What If We Are Fighting the Wrong War on Diabetes?

 Peter Attia, MD, a surgeon who is president and co-founder of the Nutrition Sciences Initiative, thinks insulin resistance, which leads to diabetes, may be a cause rather than a consequence of obesity and he is now devoting his career to understanding the relationship between nutrition, obesity and diabetes. In a moving TED Talk he painfully describes the contempt he once felt for a very sick obese patient whose foot he had to amputate. He apologizes to the woman, and urges compassion along with more research. If obesity is a proxy for metabolic syndrome, he asks, what good does it do to punish people who are fat? Bruises are a healthy response to injury, he say by way of example. What if the medical community devoted huge resources to treating bruises, rather than seeking the cause of injuries? Hear the talk here and read a New York Times story by Anahad O’Connor here.

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