For thousands of years humans had to adapt to their conditions. We were affected by heat and cold, severe weather events, and times of feast or famine. We became good at adapting to our environments, and our bodies learned mechanisms to carry us through almost any condition. During these millennia we discovered how to keep ourselves warm with heat, shelter, and clothing, and cool with air conditioning. Over time our bodies lost the ability to adapt to the seasons, because we actually took control of the seasons. This not only affected our comfort and living arrangements, but also our metabolism and weight control. This week in our homerun slides look at how this happens and what we can do to possibly reverse it.
If you want to be able to explain the concept in terms that your patients can understand then check out this article, and also a video interview with Dr. Cyrus Desouza, Chief of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Nebraska Medical Center.