Monday, March 5, 2018
I’m in the boat with Dr. Tim Noakes and a growing list of courageous physicians and researchers who believe obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and alzheimer’s may in fact all be symptoms of the same underlying condition – Insulin Resistance. If true, that means the current model of medical service is wrong. So is the traditional model of training physicians. So is the current model of most fitness programs.
This morning I connected with one of our talented coaches. He and I kicked around a variety of topics including fitness and family and we spent a lot of time talking about our personal health. Both of us are becoming more aware of our own mortality AND given a choice, neither one of us is ready to die!
Earlier today I finished reading Dr. Tim Noakes’ and Marika Sboros’ Lore of Nutrition and it prompted me to pen this Note. If obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer kill 70% of the population, why aren’t more people curious about underlying causes?
If you don’t know names like Wolf, Kresser, Fung, Taubes, Noakes, Brednesen and Glassman, these are ridiculously bright people all supporting a theory that obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and alzheimer’s are all symptoms of the same underlying condition – Insulin Resistance. Long before this group was writing about disease prevention and carbohydrate intolerance, names like Abrahamson and Dufty were writing about it in the 50’s and 70’s. Stanford University’s Dr. Gerald Reaven dedicated over 60 years of his life to the work and is credited with establishing the importance of insulin resistance in human disease, especially Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
How could a single cause be at the root of so many chronic conditions while being a topic we rarely hear about or likely ever discuss with our physician?! When I decided to get serious about my health and find a doctor who could help run a comprehensive blood panel, we looked at blood lipids, lipoprotein particle, inflammation markers, metabolic markers, glycemic control, insulin resistance, sex hormones and more. We also did a full GI work-up and comprehensive genetic profile.
70% of the population suffering from chronic disease is frightening statistic. Some good news: it’s also estimated that more than 80% of chronic disease conditions are controlled by lifestyle decisions. How do you know if your fitness and lifestyle are supporting one another and moving you closer to good health? How are you feeling? What are the markers you should pay attention to? It starts with slowing down long enough to consider these questions.