Important Things to Consider Before Weight-Loss Surgery
In fact, when pharmaceutical insulin became standard in 1922, the advice to lose weight and modify dietary intake slowly trickled to a halt. A cornucopia of new and better medications and eventually, surgery, replaced the obvious solution to the condition.
What is the obvious solution?
Eat less. It costs less all around. Bariatric weight-loss surgery is uncomfortable and costs $11,500-$26,000, which by no means includes office visits and potential complications.
Eat less of what?
This may seem obvious, but it is not. Glucose overload, along with insulin-resistance, is standard for type 2 diabetes. Glucose is the byproduct of carbohydrates, found in rice, corn, wheat, potatoes, fruits and sugared products.
Eat less carbohydrates. In fact, a low-carb diet was standard advice through much of the previous century, as it was recognized that control of obesity controlled diabetes type 2. Hemoglobin A1C, a crucial marker for diabetes diagnosis, improved a great deal when low-carbohydrate, protein and fats were consumed.
People are more satisfied with protein and fats, and less likely to experience the nagging hunger of sugar and starch over-load.
Excess abdominal fat creates insulin resistance. Even if the pancreas is working well, insulin absorption is hindered by visceral fat packed around the pancreas. When this pad of fat melts away, the pancreas often becomes quite efficient.
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Diabetes type 2 is depicted as a chronic, incurable condition, with heart attack, stroke, blindness and loss of limbs waiting on the horizon. However, the research on low-carb diets for diabetes features a dramatic reversal of disease. Patients with type 2 diabetes normalized their glucose levels on a low-carbohydrate, high protein and fat regimen and improved insulin sensitivity by 75 percent!
People with insulin dependency were advised to put away the processed flour and grains, and replace them with eggs, meat, nuts and, yes, real butter. The results were astonishing. A woman in her 60’s, a twelve-year diabetic, lost 35 pounds on the low-carb diet, and was able to stop the three diabetic medications she was receiving, including more than 100 units of insulin per day.
At first, some people may feel unable to adhere to a low-carbohydrate eating style.
When we consider the alternative, a low-carbohydrate eating plan is certainly worth considering – for life!