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Weight Resistant or Weight Prone? We’re all in it together.

Could it be that simple?  Are some people just born with bodies that resist gaining weight and other people destined to be overweight?  Yes!!

66% of adults are now overweight or obese in the US and the fact is that the weight resistant portion of our population is now the minority.   Studies published over the past several years have increasingly identified biologic factors that determine whether people are weight resistant or weight prone.  This research shines a welcome bright light on the causes of Diabesity (the combined epidemics of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes).

Estimates are that by 2020 as many as 60% of US adults will suffer from Pre-Diabetes or full-blown Type 2 Diabetes.  The combined epidemic of Diabetes and Obesity affects us all. Chances are someone you care about suffers from these problems and, based on the statistics, it’s likely that any one of us could already be affected.

Why is this epidemic developing so rapidly?  It doesn’t take long to realize that there must be important reasons beyond the repetitive “bad eating habits” and “lack of exercise” explanation that has failed to change our trajectory, despite the fact that every overweight person has undoubtedly tried dieting and exercise…again and again.

Research is showing that weight prone individuals display a myriad of common hormonal imbalances that may influence energy level, hunger, satiety, cholesterol, blood pressure, exercise capacity and inflammation.  In weight prone individuals, the body stores excess fat because (false) signals are commanding it to do so.   We can’t deny these findings and facts.  It’s time to understand why abnormal fat storage happens in the body and we need to develop better methods to reverse the conditions and the epidemic.

But there is reason to be hopeful!  It is exciting to treat overweight conditions medically. The goal of treatment is not only to lose excess weight but to restore normal metabolic function, or at least improve that function.  We are very encouraged to see that after shifting toward weight resistant metabolisms by diagnosing and treating their underlying hormonal imbalances, a majority of our weight prone patients are losing excess weight, reducing disease risk and improving energy levels.  And, they’ve done it without dieting.  This is particularly hopeful, especially when research has consistently shown that metabolic function is most frequently impaired through dieting.

Emily Cooper, M.D.

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Mathematics and Medicine: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Seattle Performance Medicine has a long history of turning to math to solve the clinical problems our patients face. Our reliance on science to sort out meaning from reams of data is evident in all we do. Whether consulting on fitness product performance or providing direct patient care, mathematical and statistical analysis provide essential information!

Type 2 Diabetes is a preventable disease, however by 2020 more than half of Americans will suffer from Pre-diabetes or full blown Type 2 Diabetes. In over 20 years of practice, I don’t recall any at-risk patient having developed Type 2 Diabetes while under my care and now I feel more confident than ever. We have teamed up with Katy Cook, mathematician, to help with data tracking for all of our patients at increased risk of developing this disease, and now we are also able to track each patient’s individual progress and ranking within the entire at-risk group.

This number crunching capability takes diabetes prevention to a level it rarely reaches in clinical practice. Recognizing common variables, we can now more accurately and efficiently predict an average rate of improvement, identify typical barriers to success and implement the most appropriate guidance and treatment.

Emily Cooper, M.D.

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SPM 101: Get Scientific!

It’s hard to believe that Seattle Performance Medicine is celebrating its 8th birthday this fall. Looking back at my original vision of what SPM could provide for patients, I am excited about the progress we’ve made. Science is the foundation of what we do. My main objective has been to merge the highest quality scientific research available with clinical management to provide patients with the best chance of success in reaching their goals.

I have been a practicing physician for over 20 years and have always been committed to providing healthcare services that include early detection of disease, reduction of disease risk and enhancement of health and quality of life. After thorough evaluation and detection of underlying risk factors, SPM provides a team approach, offering education and guidance to help patients reach their goals. For some, that includes competitive athletic performance and for others it involves improving energy, achieving weight balance or reversing pre-diabetes.

We strive to provide the best guidance possible. My staff and I are continuously advancing our knowledge and will never be satisfied that we have learned all we hope to, or have done all we can to make a difference for our patients. We are dedicated to our patients’ success and feel privileged to work with such committed people who actively pursue their health and fitness goals. We are inspired by our patients, we eagerly take on challenges and we enjoy what we do every day.

Although we rely on science, we value subjective evidence. How a person feels and what they notice is incredibly important. We use objective markers and all that science has to offer to guide our recommendations rather than guessing at what is best, what is wrong, what is right . “Cookbook Medicine” and “Cookbook Coaching” doesn’t work for most people. Instead, our recommendations are based on a personal, individualized evaluation that includes family and personal history, and physical and physiologic analysis. Coming to SPM involves putting yourself ‘under the microscope,’ as no two individuals are the same. Our ‘get scientific’ approach is not for everyone but if you seek information and tools to take charge of your health, or if a data driven strategy is your style, we are a good match!

Stay tuned for lots of lively health and fitness related discussion.

Emily Cooper, M.D
Founder, Seattle Performance Medicine