Dr. Manuel Torres, Family Medicine Physician at Baptist Health Primary Care, says one of the most important things is to recognize your adipose tissue as a separate organ. “There is a communication between the brain and the intestinal tract, and how that adipose tissue communicates back-and-forth,” he explains.
The doctor says obesity has been taken as a disease to focus on the treatment and the care on this disease.
WHY IS IT A DISEASE? WHAT MAKES THAT WORD FIT PERFECTLY ? > ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IS THAT WE BEIGING TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOUR ADIPOSE TISSUE IS A SEPARATE ORGAN. IT WORKS LIKE ANY OTHER ORGAN IN THE BODY. YOUR BODY FAT OR ADIPOSE TISSUE RESPONSE TO INFLUENCE AND RESPONSE WITH HORMONAL RESPONSE TO OTHER ORGANS. THERE IS A COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE BRAIN AND THE INTESTINAL TRACT IN THE LIVER. AND HOW THAT ADIPOSE TISSUE AND BODY FAT COMMUNICATES BACK-AND-FORTH. FIRST OFF IF THERE IS AN ORGAN IT EITHER WORKS PROPERLY OR IMPROPERLY. THAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF IF THIS FITS THE QUALIFICATION OF DISEASE, WHY DOES IT FIT THE QUALIFICATION OF AN EPIDEMIC? >BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE AFFECTED. IF 60% OF OUR POPULATION OF TWO AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE HAVE OBESITY, THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER. IT’S PRETTY EASY TO RECOGNIZE AND PUBLIC SPACES THAT WE ARE ALL CHALLENGED BY THIS IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. IT IS A COMMON CONVERSATION. IT’S WHAT EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW. WE ARE ALL LOOKING FOR THE SILVER BULLET. THERE IS NO PARTICULAR SILVER BULLET. IT’S NOT THAT ONE FAT DIET, THAT ONE KEY THAT WILL UNLOCK YOUR DOOR TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT. WE WILL HOPEFULLY GET INTO THE STRATEGIES YOU SHOULD BE SHAKING ABOUT THAT YOUR DOCTOR SHOULD BE HELPING YOU THINK ABOUT. THAT IS VERY DYNAMIC.