Does Obesity cause Diabetes, or does Diabetes cause Obesity?

Even those of us in the bariatric science community can become prejudice to the familiar and can and be blinded by the science of public consensus.

Perhaps it is because we often recognize overweight/ obesity prior to a diagnosis of type II diabetes that we leap to a cause and effect relationship and thus conclude that obesity causes diabetes?  Maybe we are wrong. What we know now about Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome is that insulin resistance prevents glucose from entering our cells and results in elevated blood glucose. The elevated glucose is then converted in fatty acids and with the aid of insulin gets stored as fat in adipose tissue, resulting in obesity.

Dr. Attia hypothesizes and we may have it backwards and it is Diabetes that causes obesity. Preventing the onset of diabetes may be the may be the key to preventing obesity Sharing these entertaining and easy to understand videos may prove very useful in your patient education programs.

Why You Get Fat

Sydrome X-Insulin Resistance

 

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