If you suffer with diabetes, it could sound like a dream come true… Eat whatever you want… for as long as you want… and then all your weight problems are solved with surgery.
But there’s only one problem with this obesity “fix”.
It’s not exactly that simple.
And still, trusted medical advisory organisations like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommend “metabolic surgery” as a standard treatment for diabetes.
According to a recent report, “…Most diabetes care providers and patients with the disease are inadequately informed about the indications, benefits, and limitations of metabolic surgery”.
Perhaps not being informed is better than being informed about the supposed “benefits” of this kind of surgery.
Besides the normal risks associated with going under the knife, it’s been found that nearly 20 per cent of gastric bypass patients face serious post-operation complications like bowel obstructions, nutritional deficiencies, and infection.
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 low-carb diet 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.
And its’ not that difficult to cut carbohydrates from your diet. In fact, it can even be delicious if you follow a diet like the Paleo Diet, which focuses on getting you plenty of protein and good fats while limiting your carbohydrate intake. It’s also been shown to help with blood sugar control because it also eliminates refined sugars and processed foods (which often contain hidden sugars and other sweeteners) as well as carbohydrates.
And you know what? Your wallet won’t feel a thing in the process.
Sound like a much better, safer and more cost-effective way to combat diabetes than surgery.
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Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.
Metabolic Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes: Changing the Landscape of Diabetes Care, care.diabetesjournals.org/content/39/6/857