Who I Am
My name is Peter Attia. While I have a background suggesting I should have known something about nutrition, it’s safe to say it wasn’t until early 2010 that I really began to understand how what I ate impacted my health and performance. You can read about my personal journey here. For the past two years I’ve been obsessively reading everything on the science of nutrition and seeing how I could apply it to myself. I am a relentless self-experimenter and my own experiences, coupled with the work many others, have certainly challenged everything I thought I knew about nutrition.
If you are interested in losing weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and many others), and improving your performance (physically and mentally), I think you’ll find my journey interesting and informative, if not outright provocative.
A solid understanding of experimental science, coupled with a nuanced understanding of individual variation and a willingness to self-experiment can lead to a dramatic improvement in your health and performance. This blog is one part of my attempt to bring these tools to you.
The problem I am trying to fight is dire. Here are some data to put the problem in context:
- 34% of Americans are obese and two thirds are overweight. This represents more than a 200% increase from 1970.
- Over 8% of Americans are diabetic, and if you include those undiagnosed, an additional 26% of Americans are pre-diabetic. This represents more than a 400% increase from 1970.
- Every 7 seconds someone in the world dies from a diabetic complication (this is not a typo).
- Diabetes is also the leading cause of stroke, blindness, kidney failure requiring transplantation, all amputations combined, and many other medical problems.
- According to McKinsey & Company, reducing the U.S. obesity rate to 15% (that of 1970) would save approximately $150 billion per year in Medicare spending alone, and close to $500 billion per year in overall U.S. healthcare spending.
- A recent study in Obesity estimates that by 2030, 50% of Americans will be obese and 79% will be overweight.
- The U.S. spends over $2.7 trillion per year on healthcare – nearly 19% of our GDP, and more than any other country. Even if no other aspect of our spending increases in the next 20 years, the cost of healthcare alone will bankrupt us as a country.
I believe – and I hope to convince you – that the cause of this epidemic is NOT that people don’t care about their health, are too lazy, or eat too much. The root of the problem lies in the fact that people are being given the wrong information by those they look to as authorities.
The bad news: This problem is not going away; in fact, it seems to be getting much worse.
The good news: This problem is entirely solvable.
Bio – Peter Attia
Peter is the founder of Attia Medical, PC, a medical practice with offices in San Diego and New York City, focusing on the applied science of longevity and optimal performance. The practice applies nutrition science, lipidology, four-system endocrinology, sleep physiology, stress management, and exercise physiology to minimize the risk of chronic disease onset, while simultaneously improving healthspan.
Peter trained for five years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in general surgery, where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including resident of the year, and the author of a comprehensive review of general surgery. He also spent two years at NIH as a surgical oncology fellow at the National Cancer Institute where his research focused on immune-based therapies for melanoma. He has since been mentored by some of the most experienced and innovative lipidologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, sleep physiologists, and longevity scientists in the United States and Canada.
Peter was the founder and president of a medical research organization that funded human clinical trials in nutrition and metabolic disease. During his four years as president, they raised and deployed over $40 million.
Peter earned his M.D. from Stanford University and holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. He is licensed in California (A96452) and New York (281406-1).