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.
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.
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?
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.