What if we're wrong about diabetes? | Peter Attia

 As a young ER doctor, Peter Attia felt contempt for a 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 of diabetes 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.

 

 

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3 comments

  • I thought it was reasonably well known that insulin resistance contributes to weight gain/ difficulty losing weight

    Jenny Steel
  • hat is what i was told when i developed gestational diabeties within the first 8 weeks in all of my pregnancies (28 pregnancies, 4 fullterm).
    We have a strong family history of both t2 and t1 diabeties plus i have pcos. My gp said it was inevitable that i will probably develop type 2. All we are doing with the healthy lifestyle is just prolonging how old i am when i get it. Apparently i have the body “type”, she called it a survival body. Great for surviving an apocalypse, terrible for modern day living.?

    Melanie Martinelli
  • 30 years ago, I was a scientist doing a study on gestational diabetes and the subsequent type 2 development. Even then we found that a certain percentage of women developed type 2 after gestational diabetes, no matter what weight they were, it was almost an inevitability.

    Janine Roberts

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