“Will gastric bypass surgery control diabetes?”
“Type 2 diabetes is caused primarily by excessive calorie intake and fat storage, so it certainly makes sense that anything that reduces calorie intake and promotes the loss of body fat will reverse insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels in those with pre- or Type 2 diabetes,” states Jay Kenney, PhD, Nutrition Research Specialist at Pritikin.
“But why have your digestive tract mutilated and risk multiple long-term complications from the surgery, including nutritional deficiencies, when you can just follow the Pritikin Program, lose weight without hunger, and still reverse insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes?”And because most forms of weight-loss surgery leave patients with a stomach the size of an egg, post-surgery life means very small meals, eaten very slowly and chewed thoroughly, for the rest of one’s life. Overeating may cause vomiting, expansion of the stomach pouch, weight gain (think Al Roker of NBC’s Today Show), or even rupture of the stomach.
The fact is, the lifestyle changes required after weight-loss surgery are far more rigorous than Pritikin Program recommendations, observes Dr. Kenney. “A healthy diet like Pritikin allows you to enjoy a wide variety of foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, potatoes, corn, and whole grains like brown rice and whole-wheat pasta, and you can eat them in large satisfying portions.” And the only side effect of Pritikin living is better health, better blood pressure, better cholesterol, freedom from angina pain and heart surgeries, and certainly, better diabetes control. It’s all good news.
For diabetes control, in particular, the Pritikin Program is very good news. In a recent meta-analysis of 864 Type 2 diabetics who came to the Pritikin Longevity Center, 74% on oral agents left Pritikin three weeks later free of such medications, their blood sugars in normal ranges; and 44% on insulin left insulin-free. (Journal of Applied Physiology, 98: 3, 2005) The Pritikin Program has also proven extraordinarily effective in curbing a pre-diabetes condition, now epidemic in the U.S., called Metabolic Syndrome. In about 50% of men studied, the Pritikin Program reversed the clinical diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome with three weeks. (Journal of Applied Physiology, 100: 1657, 2006)
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