Dr. Peter Attia Comments On The Leading Causes of Death in the US for 2020
Leading podcaster and American celebrity Joe Rogan interviewed scientist, marathon swimmer, nutrition expert, researcher, and extreme athlete Dr. Peter Attia, once called the smartest man in open water swimming, on a variety of topics including his two-way crossing of the Maui Channel* and the Catalina Channel in a long-form 2018 podcast interview.
Dr. Attia, MD grew up in Canada and attended Queen’s University, receiving B.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. He received his M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine and spent five years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as a surgeon and later spent two years at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health as a Surgical Oncology Fellow. Among his myriad professional roles, he was a healthcare consultant at McKinsey & Company, co-founded Nutrition Science Initiative, gives speeches including for TEDMED, founded a medical practice focusing on the applied science of longevity and optimal performance, launched The Drive podcast, and is a popular guest on the leading podcasts in the US from the Joe Rogan Show (see below) to the Tim Ferriss Show.
Dr. Attia recently provided commentary and insights on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the leading causes of death in the United States during 2020 (see here) based on a recent Journal of American Medicine Association analysis (see here).
Dr. Attia comments on the 18% increase in the number of deaths in 2020 compared with 2019 where COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer (see chart above), but the 18% increase in deaths was not all due to COVID-19. He talks why here as do the paper authors Farida B. Ahmad, MPH and Robert N. Anderson, PhD in their Journal of American Medicine Association study (see here).
* Dr. Attia was the first man and second person to complete a two-way crossing of the Au’au Channel in Hawaii between the islands of Maui and Lanai after Dea Ann Joslin in August 2003 in 9 hours 20 minutes.
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