I like science & want to see for myself, but let’s be real, this stuff is hard to read. How can I strike a balance and make this faster & easier to digest?

This is like cheating in college and not reading the book, but picking up the Cliff’s Notes instead. Peer-reviewed research journal articles typically have some easier-to-read sections. Try looking at these sections: >

  • Abstract>
  • Introduction>
  • Results and/or Conclusion>
  • Discussion>


These are written in paragraphs of comprehensive sentences. Generally these sections provide context and findings. They are tying together these parts:>

  • What we know from other research>
  • What we tried to find out here and in what population >
  • This is what came of the effort>
  • This is what we might wanna look at next>
  • These are the limitations we should point out about our findings>


You can also search for Visual Aids. >


Some visual aids are easier to absorb than others, but when you find good ones they help make things click.


For example, you can get a fast answer to a bunch of questions with a lovely visual aid.


Wondering if Mounjaro 15mg or WeGovy (semaglutide 2.4mg) makes people lose more weight?

Wondering if Diet & Exercise is effective on its own?

Wondering why Medicare and Health Insurance companies don’t want to cover Obesity Weight Loss Medications?


See the visual aid below, from https://www.nature.com/articles/s41573-021-00337-8

Anti-obesity drug discovery: advances and challenges

Decoding the acronyms and funky words:

Some articles have a glossary at the bottom that defines all their acronyms.


If you’re on an iphone and you come across confounding words, press on the word and you’ll get “Look up” as an option. The definition will pop up at the bottom of your screen and you can say “Cool, now I know what pleotropic means! Totes gonna use that at dinner tonight.”


Definition of pleiotropic: producing more than one effect, especially : having multiple phenotypic expressions.


At the bottom of academic journal articles, there’ll be a list of all the other studies referenced in the study. You can peruse those articles as well.