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Why the New Surgical Cure for Diabetes Will Fail!

(Mark Hyman, MD) Two seemingly groundbreaking studies … found that type 2 diabetes, or “diabesity”, could be cured with gastric bypass surgery.  The flurry of media attention and medical commentary hail this as a great advance in the fight against diabetes.  The cure was finally discovered for what was always thought to be a progressive incurable disease. But is this really a step backwards?  Yes, and here’s why.
No one is asking the most obvious question.  How did the surgery cure the diabetes? Did the surgeons simply cut out the diabetes like a cancerous tumor?
No.  The patients in the studies changed their diet. They changed what they put in their stomach and that’s something that doesn’t require surgery to change…
A recent study … proved that diet alone could reverse type 2 diabetes. The bottom line: A dramatic diet change (protein shake, low glycemic load, plant-based low-calorie diet but no exercise) in diabetics reversed most features of diabetes within one week and all features by eight weeks. That’s right; diabetes was reversed in one week. That’s more powerful than any drug known to modern science and as or more effective than gastric bypass.  But since it was a diet study, it got no press or attention. Other research proves that intensive lifestyle therapy can achieve the same results…
Recommending gastric bypass as a national solution for our diabetes epidemic is bad medicine and bad economics. If the nearly 30 million diabetics in America took advantage of this new miracle cure at $25,000 a pop, it would cost three quarters of a trillion dollars ($750,000,000,000).  If we paid people $100 a pound to lose weight we would still be better off. To treat the nearly 400 million diabetics around the globe that would cost $10 trillion.  Does this make any sense?
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