Here is a great article on why the world of nutrition is so confusing.
I was struck by some of the incredibly alarming statistics that the author sites in the article. Here are a few that stood out to me:
“In 1960, fewer than 13 percent of Americans were obese, and diabetes had been diagnosed in 1 percent. Today, the percentage of obese Americans has almost tripled; the percentage of Americans with diabetes has increased sevenfold.”
and its related diseases — most notably, — now cost the health care system more than $1 billion per day…”
The article goes on to discuss the confusion caused by the manner in which research is done and how the conclusions that are drawn – some perhaps incorrectly – drive the nutrition choices we make.
In the end, I couldn’t agree with the author more when he says:
“Obesity and diabetes are epidemic, and yet the only relevant fact on which relatively unambiguous data exist to support a consensus is that most of us are surely eating too much of something. (My vote is sugars and refined grains; we all have our biases.) Making meaningful inroads against obesity and diabetes on a population level requires that we know how to treat and prevent it on an individual level.”
We are all individuals and our health care should reflect our uniqueness. The essence of Functional Medicine is treating each individual as a whole and focusing on the fundamental underlying factors that influence each individual patient’s experience of health and disease.
The statistics on obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are staggering, but we still have the power to change the course of these trends.
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Enjoy the article.
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.