The personal blog of Peter Attia, M.D.

The great medical disconnect

The great medical disconnect
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There is probably no greater disconnect in medicine than the root cause of obesity.  Even if you think you already know the answer to this “obvious” question, it’s still worth reading on.  The reason this question matters, of course, is clear to everyone.  Obesity (and more broadly the syndrome we define ...

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What I actually eat (circa Q4 2011)

What I actually eat (circa Q4 2011)
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Note to readers: This post was written in December of 2011.  PLEASE do not ask me why I eat ‘this’ or why I don’t eat ‘that’ — as what is shown here does not necessarily reflect what or how I eat today (or more importantly, ...

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Why we get fat (video)

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Part one of the interview I did for Open Water Source – although I talk about many topics that will interest non-swimmers and non-athletes. (View the other videos in this series.)

Transcript:

Open Water Source: Peter, in layman’s terms, can you describe the current ...

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What is cholesterol?

What is cholesterol?
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I know much more about cholesterol today than I did even two years ago, let alone when I was mindlessly reiterating “standard” cholesterol recommendations to patients years ago.   You can’t talk about nutrition without mentioning cholesterol, but most folks (including many of the doctors who tell you yours may be too high) don’t ...

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You are not what you eat

You are not what you eat
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You are what you eat, right?  How many times have you heard this?  I’d need scientific notation to actually enumerate the number of times I’ve heard this statement or one like it.  I certainly spent most of my life believing this, too, without ever questioning it. In ...

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Is ketosis dangerous?

Is ketosis dangerous?
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You may have heard from your doctor that ketosis is a life-threatening condition. If so, your doctor is confusing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) with nutritional ketosis, or keto-adaptation.  First, some semantics.  Our body can produce, from fat and some amino acids, three ketone bodies (a “ketone” refers the chemical structure where oxygen is ...

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