Archive for January, 2012

Irisin: The magic exercise hormone?

Irisin: The magic exercise hormone?

On January 11 an article was published in the NY Times Health blog section titled, “Exercise hormone may fight obesity and diabetes.”  The article reports on a recently published study in the journal Nature, the abstract of which can be found here.

The authors present research linking a hormone secreted during exercise to the conversion of white fat (white adipose tissue, ...

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The insulin response (video)

(YouTube link: http://youtu.be/1o31A0Ptc3g)

This video is part of the interview I did for Open Water Source, but most of what I talk about will interest non-swimmers and non-athletes. (See the rest of the videos in this series.)

Transcript

Open Water Source: In simple terms, can you describe the insulin response?

Peter Attia, MD: Sure. Insulin is a hormone secreted by ...

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Sugar 101 – How harmful is sugar?

Sugar 101 – How harmful is sugar?

Any discussion on the culpability of poor nutrition as the cause of our health woes begins with a discussion on sugar. One of the world’s experts on this topic is Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF.  Dr. Lustig has great experience treating children with obesity and is really on the front lines of what is becoming an epidemic of childhood obesity.  About two-and-a-half years ago, he gave a lecture on the perils of fructose (fruit sugar, which ...

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The Fat Trap, NYT Magazine article – thoughts and comments

The Fat Trap, NYT Magazine article – thoughts and comments

On January 1, NY Times wellness columnist, Tara Parker-Pope, wrote an article in the NYT Magazine titled The Fat Trap, and many of you forwarded it on to me. This was an excellent piece and I suspect it will be one of the most read pieces this year in the wellness space.

Ms. Parker-Pope acknowledges that weight loss is very difficult and the rate ...

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