Dr. Richard Johnson is a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and is a clinician, educator, and researcher. He is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and kidney disease and is the founding editor of Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology, one of the main textbooks on kidney disease.

For more than 20 years, he has led research on the cause of obesity and diabetes, with special interest in the role of sugar (especially fructose) and uric acid. His research has been highly cited, published in top medical journals, and supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. He is the author of The Sugar Fix and The Fat Switch. hacking space, into clear and actionable strategies, so you can feel your best every day.

[1:56] Catch up on Dr. Johnson’s recent professional endeavors

  • Exploring his transition from traditional medicine to studying environmental health.
  • Uncovering the role of climate change in health issues like kidney disease.
  • Reflecting on the impact of historical climate changes on human health.

[4:43] Explore Dr. Johnson’s research findings on the correlation between hotter temperatures and obesity

  • Investigating the effects of hotter temperatures on obesity rates and kidney health.
  • Linking dehydration and sugary drink consumption to kidney stone formation.
  • Discussing the implications of manual labor in hot climates on obesity and kidney disease.

[11:10] Debunk the myth of drinking 8 glasses of water a day with Dr. Johnson

  • Challenging the conventional wisdom on daily water intake recommendations.
  • Examining the relationship between hydration, salt consumption, and obesity risk.
  • Exploring the physiological effects of dehydration on the body and its link to fat accumulation.

[24:11] Delve into Dr. Johnson’s interest in climate change’s impact on health, particularly in relation to sugar cane and kidney disease.

  • Investigating the alarming rise in kidney disease among sugar cane workers in hot regions.
  • Highlighting the environmental and occupational factors contributing to kidney disease.
  • Proposing solutions to mitigate kidney disease risk, including addressing climate change and improving workplace safety.

[44:11] Learn about available tests to check kidney function when suspecting dehydration.

  • Understanding common tests like creatinine and cystatin C to assess kidney function.
  • Exploring the role of creatine supplementation and its effects on kidney health.
  • Discussing the importance of regular kidney function tests for early detection and prevention.

[47:25] Investigate the relationship between increased protein intake and kidney disease.

  • Dispelling myths surrounding high protein diets and kidney disease risk.
  • Balancing the benefits and risks of protein intake for kidney health.
  • Offering recommendations for a balanced protein intake to support kidney health.

[50:44] Discover strategies for reversing chronic kidney disease, whether developed in one’s 20s or later in life.

  • Exploring dietary and lifestyle interventions for reversing chronic kidney disease.
  • Discussing the role of supplements, medications, and biohacks in kidney health.
  • Empowering individuals with practical strategies to improve kidney function and overall health.

[54:44] Address concerns about frequent urination, particularly at night, and its potential causes.

  • Exploring common urinary issues like nocturia and frequent urination.
  • Discussing the causes and treatments for urinary symptoms in men and women.
  • Providing guidance on when to seek medical advice for urinary health concerns

[58:07] Gain insights from Dr. Richard Johnson on kidney health, obesity, and climate change.

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