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Why our understanding of obesity and diabetes may be wrong: A Q&A with surgeon Peter Attia

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Surgeon Peter Attia sees a disconcerting paradox at work when it comes to our health: while people are talking about eating healthily and exercising perhaps more than ever, we’re seeing no reduction in the rates of obesity and diabetes. As it stands, more than 8% of Americans are diabetic and an additional 26% are pre-diabetic — which represents a 400% increase since 1970. The answer to this riddle is not simply that people are lazy or unable to follow through on what they know is best for them. Attia wonders if, perhaps, our medical understanding of the relationship between obesity and diabetes may be wrong.

[ted_talkteaser id=1774]In today’s powerful and personal talk, given at TEDMED 2013, Attia shares why he thinks the relationship may not be as simple as being overweight leads to increased risk of diabetes. To explain, he tells a story of a night in 2006…

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About Me, and this Blog

Hi. My name is Charles, and I have Diabetes Type 2.

This seems like a weird introduction to who I am, but my diabetes is the reason I am writing this post – to encourage me to be more conscious of my diabetes, and share some of the things that I am trying to do to reverse it.

That’s right – I said reverse it! I don’t want to manage it or live with it. My goal is to get rid my diabetes – and in the process sort out some of the health issues I have that have led to me having diabetes in the first place.

This might be the only well structures blog post that I write within my diabetes blog – because mostly I want to treat my blog as a work book – where I can record my blood sugar readings, the things that I am doing to reverse my diabetes, and the progress (or lack of progress) that I am making.

If you have diabetes type 2, then like me you will often come across articles on the web or elsewhere that offer promise, or theories about the route cause of diabetes and what we can all do about it. I plan to share any such articles I happen upon with you. I would appreciate it if you would do likewise. I guess that in general I’m hoping to get encouragement by sharing with other people with diabetes type 2 – by sharing what I am doing about it on my own behalf.