Why is Metabolic Disease Such a Problem?

Interview With Dr. Robert Lustig and Dr. Aseem Malhotra

ByCrossFit June 28, 2020

This month’s CrossFit Health Education webinar features Dr. Robert Lustig. Dr. Lustig will be exploring the lacuna that has emerged between medical research and public policy, specifically as they pertain to nutrition and metabolic disease. In preparation for the webinar Dr. Lustig sat down with cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra.

Over the course of this interview, Drs. Lustig and Malhotra discuss the ways our failure to properly address the causes of chronic disease has crippled our ability to provide effective health care. Dr. Malhotra notes patients with excess body fat, Type 2 diabetes, and poor metabolic health are most vulnerable to developing infections and having worse disease outcomes, as has been the case with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. He also comments that those who lower their sugar intake improve their cholesterol markers, fasting glucose, insulin, and blood pressure in as few as nine days and asks, “Why is this not part of the mainstream discussion in the U.S. [and] the U.K.? What have we not done to make sure every doctor is armed with this information when they’re managing their patients?” Dr. Lustig analyzes how these shortcomings in the health-care system originated and how they are perpetuated. Together, he and Dr. Malhotra conclude with a brief discussion of potential paths forward.

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