THP 012: Dr Tommy Wood – Reframing Insulin Resistance


Dr. Tommy Wood is a qualified medical doctor (BA BM Bch), graduating from Oxford University in 2011. He has a previous Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences and Biochemistry from Cambridge University.

After working as a junior doctor in the UK for two years, he went on to do his Ph.D. in neonatal brain metabolism at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Tommy is also an experienced rowing and strength coach. Having spent the best part of a decade rowing at Cambridge and Oxford, he became increasingly interested in how nutrition affects athletic performance. He has lectured at international conferences on the effects of diet and nutrition on chronic disease.

Tommy is also the chief medical advisor for Nourish Balance Thrive.

Getting In Touch With Dr. Tommy Wood

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Show Notes:

[1:00] – Tommy’s pathway into medicine and ultimately a researcher

[6:07] – Tommy’s role at Nourish Balance Thrive

[8:40] – The system analysis model that Tommy uses to look at complicated and chronic disease states

[11:09]Quote from Chris Masterjohn

[11:30] – Is the model of insulin resistance to simplistic?

[14:00] – The health costs associated with elevated insulin levels

[16:05 ]– The surprising effect of insulin that is rarely spoken about

[17:30] – How adipose tissue can take up glucose faster than muscle tissue

[18:50] – The effects of taking insulin

[20:45] – The metabolic effects of excess energy consumption

[28:45] – The order of insulin resistance in the tissues

[32:10] – The role of insulin receptors on hepatic cells

[35:45] – The role of glucagon and how insulin resistance affects this feedback loop

[38:50] – High liver enzymes

[39:40] – What causes insulin resistance

[41:15] – How to test for insulin resistance

[43:24] – The Kraft Insulin assay

[46:25] – Infections and their impact on insulin resistance

[50:05] – Reframing insulin sensitivity and why it’s more likely a problem from within the cell rather than too much insulin acting on the outside of the cell that is causing the issue

[52:30] – HPA-D and insulin resistance

[57:44] – How lack of sleep affects insulin sensitivity

[1:00:00] – Why a low-carb diet could be just managing symptoms rather than actually treating the cause

[1:05:15] – Finding the root causing of insulin resistance the key to successful long lasting treatment outcomes

[1:14:00] – Concierge Clinical Coaching