Medicine’s Grim “Magic Bullet” for Obesity

Bariatric surgery is now being used by many doctors to treat diabetes. Though, I

English: Prevalence of diabetes worldwide in 2...

Prevalence of diabetes worldwide in 2000–back then the world average was 28.23%. Yikes! The solution is lifestyle change NOT surgery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

do not have patients who are considering this option at present, I feel compelled to write about it. I am horrified that medicine has started down this road.

Bariatric surgery seeks to shrink the stomach, thereby forcing the recipient to eat less. Initially, it can have the effect of causing weight loss and easily stabilized blood sugar.

However, the recipient has not learned to change their lifestyle to get these effects; diabetes will recur, but now with the terrible effects of surgery by its side:

Difficulty feeling full

Difficulty feeling hungry

Nausea

Acid reflux

Bloating and gas

Malnutrition

Hypoglycemia

Detrimental changes in blood pressure, blood fat concentration, gallbladder function

Disturbing bowel patterns

Often the effects of surgery lead to the need for a second surgery to deal with the effects of the first. 

This surgery was created to save the lives of the morbidly obese whose weight issues were quickly approaching fatal–and that is ONLY where it should be used, as it often leaves recipients with serious, life-long health problems. It is a tragic measure necessary only when a patient truly lacks the ability to change in time to avoid death.

Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes is certainly the wrong application of bariatric surgery. This disease is caused by poor lifestyle habits, and should be treated with serious lifestyle changes.

Diabetics should follow these basic guidelines:

Eat healthfully--consider the Mediterranean Lifestyle, or the “Low Stress” Diet, but limit your intake of carbohydrates. Always avoid processed flours and other “white” carbohydrates.

Exercise–Do cardiovascular exercise regularly and exercise with weights several times a week. Aim to exercise everyday.

Manage your stress –Cortisol, the hormone released when you are stressed, increases blood sugar levels. It is absolutely essential that you manage your stress levels effectively if you have diabetes. Try exercise and meditation. Do not forget to stretch!

Consider whole food support supplements made for diabetics. I have used Standard process products before for many different issues with much success, and I know they offer Diaplex, Cataplex GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor), Min-Tran, Cardio-Plus, and Cataplex B specifically for diabetics. Look into trying these options and look forward to future posts on diabetes.

Most importantly, do not let the diabetes have a negative effect on your life. Diabetes does not have to be a hindrance to any activities you want to do. It may have a positive effect of forcing you to live healthier than you would have without it!

It is also important nowadays to be tested for pre-diabetes if you have not been living a healthful lifestyle–and don’t forget to test your children! Diabetes is an epidemic in the U.S. among adults and children. But if it is caught in the earliest stages, it is almost completely reversible with lifestyle changes.

Resources:

http://www.healthalert.com/t-new_articles.aspx

Diabetes: Bariatric Surgery is Medicine’s New ‘Magic Bullet.'” Health Alert
29.7 (2012): 1-2. Print.

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~ by danclaps on October 24, 2012.

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