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The Biggest Cause of Fatty Liver Disease & Insulin Resistance With Richard Johnson, MD, FACP

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Nearly 1 in 4 have fatty liver disease and 88% of adults are not metabolically healthy. This episode will explain why fatty liver disease is a direct result of excessive fructose. Fructose is found in sugary foods but can also be made in the body from high glycemic carbohydrates and alcohol. Excess fructose is the primary driver of poor metabolic health and liver insulin resistance. 

In this week’s episode of the Reshape Your Health Podcast, I interview Dr. Richard Johnson, author of Nature Wants Us to Be Fat. He explains the link between fructose, fatty liver, and insulin resistance. We discuss how our biological fat storage process works and how to shut it off. You’ll learn dietary recommendations to lower fatty liver and insulin resistance. We also touch on central insulin resistance, how sugar affects the brain, and why Alzheimer’s is being called Type 3 Diabetes. This conversation was truly fascinating.

Dr. Richard Johnson is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver and has been a practicing physician and clinical scientist for over 25 years. He is internationally recognized for his seminal work on the role of sugar and its component fructose, in obesity and diabetes. His work has also suggested a fundamental role for uric acid (which is generated during fructose metabolism) in metabolic syndrome. He has previously authored The Sugar Fix with Timothy Gower in 2008, and The Fat Switch in 2012.


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 Highlights From This Episode

[0:00] Topic introduction.

[4:30] What happens when the “survival switch” turns on and stores fat?

[13:45] What foods turn the survival switch and liver insulin resistance on?

[16:20] The #1 food that causes non alcoholic fatty liver disease.

[20:35] Is whole fruit bad for liver health?

[21:51] What foods cause the production of fructose in your body?

[26:30] Alcohol’s effect on liver health is due to fructose.

[36:50] AMP, IMP, and TMAO: How shellfish, processed meats, and beer can contribute to insulin resistance.

[42:40] Central insulin resistance and how sugar affects the brain.


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Resources From This Episode

>> Join Zivli

>> Freebie: Weight Loss Mindset Audio Training

>> Freebie: The Ultimate Food Guide

>> Nature Wants Us to Be Fat by Dr. Richard Johnson