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Dr. Jay Wortman – ‘Undoing Atkins: A Cautionary Tale’

Dr. Jay Wortman – ‘Undoing Atkins: A Cautionary Tale’

Dr. Jay Wortman studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Alberta and Medicine at the University of Calgary. He completed the Family Medicine residency at UBC before starting a private practice in Vancouver. He began combining that with part-time clinics at the STI/HIV the BC Centre for Disease Control where he eventually became the full-time Associate Director. He moved on the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada where he held senior management positions in Ottawa and Vancouver.

In 1992, Dr. Wortman developed type 2 diabetes and quickly discovered that it could be controlled by restricting dietary carbohydrates. He went on to do clinical research on low-carbohydrate diets and became a little bit famous for a study he did in the Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay which was the subject of the CBC documentary film, “My Big Fat Diet”. His research interest in the dietary management of obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes led him back into clinical practice.

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