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Lap Bands and Type 2 Diabetes

While caution is required in interpreting the longer-term benefits of surgery and weight loss, this study presents strong evidence to support the early consideration of surgically induced loss of weight in the treatment of obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

via Science Daily [1]

I have to comment on this recent study that confirms, albeit circuitously, what we have said here for years: type 2 diabetes can be cured. In this case, the so-called medical solution falls under my Rube Goldberg term “Digging a hole to put the ladder in to wash the basement windows.” In this study we see that portion control – when rigorously enforced using risky lap-banding surgery – actually improves insulin sensitivity and, hence, returns blood sugar to more normal levels. Duh. And don’t you love this quote: “Type 2 diabetes is a disease that should aggressively be treated with surgery and not merely controlled with medications.”? Wow.

I have said for years that type 2 diabetes is both preventable and curable in 99% of cases. It’s a matter of appropriate exercise choices, portion control and the right mix of protein and healthy fats. Cutting sugars and simple carbs is critical to the process. It doesn’t require risky surgical procedures. Watch those people on “Biggest Loser.” No matter who they are, they ALL lose weight in a matter of weeks and they all experience big improvement in blood glucose metabolism. And they’re not even cutting the carbs as much as I would have them do!

This video is from last night’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News. Watch the whole thing if you would like but pay special attention to the quote at the 1:40 mark in the video. I am almost speechless.

On a related note:

High-risk morbidly obese patients who lose 5 to 10 percent of their excess body weight before undergoing gastric bypass surgery appear to have shorter hospital stays and more rapid postoperative weight loss, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, a theme issue on bariatric surgery.

via Science Daily [2]

People who undergo bariatric surgery are encouraged to lose 10% of their body weight before the surgery to improve their recovery! If they can lose 10% of their weight themselves in time for the weight-loss surgery, why are they having the surgery at all?

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Further Reading:

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes [4]

Jimmy Moore: Woman Chooses Low-Carb Over Lap Band [5]

My Carb Pyramid [6]

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