Stalking Type 2 Diabetes with Dr. Milind Watve and His Darwinian Perspectives
You can Listen to Dr. Watve discuss his new perspective on Cure Panel Talk Show here:
I don’t know how many of us live under the threat of being diagnosed with diabetes!
I certainly am one of them, since I come from a family where everyone (well, almost) have type 2 diabetes and naturally I fall into the high-risk bracket, the odds increasing more so after having experienced gestational diabetes!
Anytime I go in for a medical check-up I get the warnings about trying to eat right, exercise right etc…not very difficult to follow, but these concerns somehow take a backseat while trying to bring up two kids and managing a home and work….
My quest for finding a solution of trying to keep diabetes at bay took me through gym sessions, swimming, yoga, meditation, various diets … until I found out that I was on the brink of becoming pre-diabetic!
What I see around me here in India is even more alarming than my paranoia. Young men and women mostly in their early 30s are diabetic. As I write this, I can mentally count over five of my gym buddies who are diabetic, in spite of following a healthy lifestyle.
The current generation is well warned and aware of the cons associated with this metabolic disorder and are trying to keep it away.
But, are we all beating around the wrong bush?
It was during one of my ‘diabetes panic sessions’ when I Google crazy trying to get information on the latest research being done in association with the disease that I stumbled upon Dr. Milind G. Watve’s book, Doves, Diplomats, and Diabetes: A Darwinian Interpretation of Type 2 Diabetes and Related Disorders. I noticed the interest and arguments this book had managed to ignite on various science forums and my curiosity was piqued.
Now, I have had the privilege of being taught by Dr.Watve and have worked with him on his projects, hence I was sure he was putting forth something unique.
Dr. Watve puts forth a very interesting yet different perspective about type 2 diabetes. He is of the opinion that,
Type 2 diabetes is not what the text books have been saying, it is not what people have believed and it is not what today’s treatment is based on.
He aims to bring attention to behavior and diabetes, which he feels has not been explored enough. He explains wonderfully with the ‘hawk and dove’ model where hawks are the aggressive individuals in a population and doves are the aggression avoiders. Both hawks and doves co-exist. While hawks are characterized by high levels of sex hormones, low cholesterol, low cortisol, low insulin, and are insulin sensitive, doves have high cholesterol, cortisol, insulin, low testosterone, and are insulin resistant. (Model describes individuals independent of calorie intake or body fat!). He says,
Each behavior, or a behavioral syndrome, is related to several neuroendocrine pathways and metabolic pathways. You cannot keep behavior out and try to understand metabolism. That is not possible. Behavior is an integral part of the metabolic pathways in the body and therefore a number of things are behavior driven.
Over the years, the lack of aggressive behavior or hawk behavior has led to a behavioral deficiency leading to metabolic disorders or ‘behavioral deficiency disorders’. And behavioral supplementation would reverse most complex disorders!
Clearly, walking and stalking are different, and so are swimming and boxing – two very different types of exercises/sports. While the former may help to burn calories, the latter would bring in the needed behavior change.
We need to design various types of adventure sports for different age groups and that is the main goal.
says, Dr. Watve.
I am of the opinion that diabetes needs a new perspective and Dr. Watve’s definitely seems to ring true somewhere. Hopefully, we would have people working on this and have quantifiable research results soon!
Dr. Watve will be part of our Cure Panel Talk Show on Diabetes on August 12 @ 11:30 am ET/9:00 pm IST discussing this topic and you can always send in your questions for Dr. Watve to Priya@trialx.com.
And in the interim, I will try to ward off the inevitable…!