Diet, Drugs, and Diabetes with Dr. John McDougall is a sensible and healthy response to the craziness all over the news this week that “Weight-loss Surgery Can “Reverse” Diabetes”. Bariatric surgery is madness and in most cases totally unnecessary. Yes, I do know the difficulty to losing weight and keeping it off. I was obese most of my life and I was pre-diabetic. 17 years ago I lost over 100 pounds and I have kept it off. You can do it too. I support clients with weight loss and healthy eating every day. I have witnessed the life-changing, lifestyle changes that people make with Slender For Life™. I continue to be in awe that in as little as 3 weeks of healthy eating, medical doctors are reducing insulin and soon remove all diabetic pills. Over the years of my weight loss coaching I have had more than 100 clients who had bariatric or lap-band surgery and came to me weighing more than they did prior to the surgery. As a result, they have life-long eating challenges and additional health complications. There are healthy solutions and with the proper tools and guidance here at Slender For Life™, they can be life-long changes.
One Hundred Years of Missed Opportunities
Dr. McDougall’s presentation at the September, 2011, Advanced Study Weekend in Santa Rosa, CA.
Dr. John McDougall explains how type-2 diabetes is caused by the rich western diet and how this adaptation is easily reversed by a healthy diet and associated weight loss. Drug therapies commonly prescribed for type-2 diabetes fatten, sicken, and kill patients, according to all recently published scientific research.
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Time: 1 hour, 21 minutes.
Type-2 Diabetes – the Expected Adaptation to Overnutrition
Type-2 Diabetes was once referred to as “adult-type diabetes” because in the past, this form of diabetes was rare in children. However, over the last two decades, there has been a 10-fold increase in incidence of type-2 diabetes in children, because of the rapidly growing numbers with obesity from an escalating exposure to rich foods, compounded by a lack of exercise.
The malnutrition caused by the high-fat, low-fiber Western diet places serious burdens on the body and requires it to make adaptions in order to survive under adverse conditions. The calories consumed in excess of our needs cause us to gain fat – this is a natural, expected change. Soon a point is reached when this accumulation becomes counterproductive – a point when any further excess body weight is likely to cause serious physical harm. When this hazardous excess is reached, the body puts “the brakes on” in order to slow the rate of gain. This is accomplished by a variety of changes that cause the hormone insulin to become less potent.
In other words, our cells become resistant to the actions of the fatgaining hormone, insulin – a state referred to as “insulin resistance.”
One of insulin’s primary jobs is to push fat into the fat cells – thus saving fat for the day when no food is available (which for Westerners never comes). If it were not for the adaptive mechanisms which allow for the development of “insulin resistance,” people would commonly expand until they became so large that they could not get out of bed or fit through a doorway – a very rare condition that does occur in 1000-pound sized people who need a forklift to move them to the hospital. (They make headlines in the newspaper.)
Multiple studies dating as far back as the 1920s have shown the benefits of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet in the treatment of type-2 diabetes. For example, studies from the University of Kentucky Medical School reported as many as two-thirds of diabetics were able to discontinue insulin and almost all stopped oral agents. A recent thorough review of the use of a vegetarian diet in the treatment of type-2 diabetes was published in the September 2003 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In this review article Dr. David Jenkins reported on research showing improvements in blood sugars in diabetics with 39% stopping insulin and 71% stopping diabetic pills after three weeks of therapy. Relief of diabetic neuropathy pains, reduced lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides), and weight loss have also been reported with a low-fat, pure-vegetarian diet. Another recent research paper has reported similar findings with a low-fat vegetarian diet. Many of these people with type-2 diabetes are cured of their disease within three weeks, and most will be cured of their diabetes over time as they adhere to a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet, exercise, and lose all of their excess body fat.
For the most people, type-2 diabetes is in preventable and reversible by stopping eating the foods that made them fat and sick. Dr. McDougall points out that health care costs were reduced 44% with plant-based eating. Not only is it healthier, plant-based foods feel and taste good in your mouth.
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