#112 Obesity is a disease, it’s not something created by lack of character.

40DO Thesis #
#112 Obesity is a disease, it’s not something created by lack of character.
Principle: A disease process can only be reversed by understanding the process.
QUOTE Obesity is a disease, it’s not something created by lack of character. It’s a hormonal disease, and there are many hormones involved. And one of the main ones is a hormone called insulin. Most obese individuals are resistant to this hormone, insulin.
So, what does that mean exactly, to be resistant to insulin? Well, insulin resistance is essentially a state of pre-pre-type 2 diabetes. Insulin’s job is to drive glucose, or blood sugar, into the cells where it can be used. In a nutshell, when someone is insulin resistant, they are having trouble getting blood sugar where it needs to go, into those cells. And it just can’t hang out in the blood after we eat or we would all have a diabetic crisis after every meal! So, when someone is resistant to insulin, the body’s response to this is to just make more of it. And insulin levels will rise and rise, and for a while, years even, this is going to keep up, and blood sugar levels can remain normal. However, usually it can’t keep up forever, and even those elevated levels of insulin are not enough to keep blood sugar in the normal range. So it starts to rise. That’s diabetes. [1]
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REFLECTION
QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
How could this clarify my Reality?
How could I add this to my Disciplines?
SOURCES:
[1] from the transcript of Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines, presentation by Dr Sarah Hallberg at TEDxPurdueU, (2,919,883 views) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1vvigy5tQ. (Access the transcript by clicking on “…” to the right of the title.) Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created. She is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Her program has consistently exceeded national benchmarks for weight loss, and has been highly successful in reversing diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Dr. Hallberg has a B.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1994, M.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1996 and M.D., Des Moines University, 2002. She is also the medical director of Virta Health, founded in 2014 with the goal of reversing diabetes in 100 million people by 2025 (https://www.virtahealth.com/about).
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This blog is part of the Listicles Project – an attempt to bring into focus the archetypes of wisdom, the ideas about a topic which occur again and again in the conversation – a “common sense” understanding. The purpose of this post is to encourage people to think and provide them with fuel for that purpose; it does not advise or recommend. You must think for yourself and consult with others with expertise as you make your own decision – “Where there is no guidance, a people falls; but in an abundance of counselors there is safety” Proverbs 11:14. I am not a physician or licensed health professional. As you think, please consult your health advisers before taking any action. (Please consult the “Read Me” page above for more caveats.)
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