For many diabetes sufferers, it sounds like a dream come true.
You can eat whatever you want… for as long as you want… and then all you need to do is go under the knife for the weight to just fall off of you and your blood sugar to return to normal.
Unfortunately, this obesity “fix” isn’t exactly that simple – because if it sounds too good to be true, you can bet your boots it is.
I find it somewhat shocking that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently went so far as to recommend “metabolic surgery” as a standard treatment for diabetes.
Standard! With a price tag that can run in the tens-of-thousands of pounds – something that the ADA report calls “cost-effective.”
According to the report, “…Most diabetes care providers and patients with the disease are inadequately informed about the indications, benefits, and limitations of metabolic surgery.”
Well, I’d say it’s a GOOD thing that they don’t know about any of those supposed “benefits.” But I’d like any diabetic who’s considering having this surgery to know how truly dangerous this treatment can be.
Besides the risks of being knocked out by anaesthesia and opened up on the operating table, it’s been found that nearly 20 percent of gastric bypass patients face serious post-op complications like bowel obstructions, nutritional deficiencies, and infection.
And, as I’ve shared before, this type of surgery is also linked to a heightened suicide risk. If you’ve been overeating to cope with stress or other emotional issues, there’s not a thing that surgery can do to fix it – and those issues won’t go away, even if your appetite does.
The fact is: Diet, not surgery, should be the first line of defence in managing your weight and blood sugar (and therefore preventing or managing diabetes).
There have been dozens of studies – with thousands of patients – that have shown that a diet low in carbohydrates can help you avoid diabetes altogether. Remember: Glucose is created when your body breaks down carbohydrates in things like cereal, bread, crackers, and rice.
If you’re already diabetic, making the right diet changes can help you avoid the finger pricks, the insulin shots, and ANY invasive procedure that carries huge risks.
Cutting carbs can be easy if you switch to the Paleo diet, which focuses on getting you plenty of protein and good fats while limiting your carbohydrate intake.
I would add that the “Caveman diet” in particular is a good blood sugar-lowering meal plan because it also eliminates refined sugars and processed foods (which often have hidden sugars and other sweeteners) as well as carbs.
And you know what? Your wallet won’t feel a thing in the process.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Metabolic Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes: Changing the Landscape of Diabetes Care, care.diabetesjournals.org/content/39/6/857