Diabetes and Obesity – Surgeon Questions Correlation

TED talk on diabetes and obesity

Diabetes and Obesity

Universal Symbol of Diabetes

After all, it happens to people of every shape, size and discipline.  It can strike the seemingly healthy and unhealthy alike. So why the huge emphasis on diabetes and obesity?

I want to share this TED talk with you, given by Dr. Peter Attia. Not only did he admit to feeling contempt for an obese patient, he is truly sorry. You can tell it is heartfelt. He suspects diabetes and obesity are not connected the way we think they are. In fact, he has now brought together a diverse team of researchers who are dedicated to learning the truth as to what really causes diabetes and obesity. Since he developed insulin resistance himself — as a fit and healthy person — he couldn’t help but wonder: what really causes diabetes and what really causes obesity.

Listen to him speak on this TED Talk…

As a young surgeon, Attia felt contempt for his obese patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.

Diabetes and Obesity, by Dr. Attia, Surgeon:

While we’re on the subject, in a recent check up a doctor told me I was borderline obese. Who sets the standards on what is obese and what isn’t? I am 5’10” and at my heaviest I weighed 152 pounds. (I currently weigh 141.)  I am tall and on the thin side.  How could I be considered borderline obese?

Years ago the medical “powers that be” lowered the cholesterol numbers, which made millions more people fall into that high cholesterol category where prescriptions became necessary for treatment. I can’t help but wonder why. What’s the real reason? (Other than increasing the $300 Billion per year market.) Have you seen the prices of those pharmaceuticals? And as one becomes available in a generic form, big pharma will change one tiny thing about their formulation and call it new and improved (and patented, or more acurately, trademarked).

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 What do you think?

I don’t have diabetes nor am I insulin resistant. But everything he said in this talk made sense to me. Could the cause and effect of diabetes and obesity be completely misunderstood?

How about you? What are your thoughts?

Also, just as important in my mind, is the fact that we all seem to have contempt, or at least some intolerance, for other people and their situations, health or otherwise. Let’s do our best to get over that. Let’s learn not to judge others, no matter what. Since we can never be in their shoes, we do not have the understanding of why things are the way they are when it comes to others. “Judge not lest ye be judged.” Words to live by.