When losing a little weight just isn't enough
After years of telling diabetics to lose weight by any means necessary, there's a new message emerging from the mainstream -- and it's forget the diet. Go hog wild and pig out instead, because it doesn't matter what you weigh.
Diet? You don't need no stinkin' diet! All you really need are your meds.
Sounds crazy, but just check out the new study that finds overweight and obese diabetics who lose weight supposedly have the exact same risk of heart attack, stroke, and even death from heart problems as diabetics who stay fat.
The experts say this study isn't about the failure of weight loss. No, since nearly everyone in the study was on meds, it means it's about the success of drugs.
Dr. John Buse, former chief of the American Diabetes Association, actually told the New York Times that the study proves statins, BP meds, and other treatments are so powerful that they're even more effective than weight loss.
All I can say is no wonder the ADA is all kinds of screwed up -- because he made that bold declaration knowing full well that the diabetics who lost weight in this study lost almost nothing at all.
They shed just 5 percent of their body weight on average. That means a 300-pound diabetic ended up at 285 pounds -- while a 250-pound diabetic dropped to 237.5 pounds.
You can't even SEE that difference -- and your body can't feel it, either. So of course, a 285-pound diabetic is going to the same overall health risks as a 300-pounder -- and no drug in the world will change it.
And that means the real message here isn't to pig out and take your meds. It's to get serious about weight loss and bring yourself down to a normal size -- and for most people, it's going to take a heckuva lot more than 5 percent to get there.
I know that sounds hard. But trust me, it's as easy pie -- minus the actual pie. I recommend a diet rich in delicious natural animal fats and proteins and low in carbohydrates (and with almost zero sugar -- like I said, no pie).
You'll lose weight, reduce or eliminate meds AND live longer.