Diabetes “Solved” the Easy, Expensive Way

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Another study with garbage interpretations, and hailed by the media, claims that Type 2 diabetics are better off with bariatric surgery than simply changing lifestyle with changes in food and activity. The New York Times ran this headline: “Surgery for Diabetes May Be Better Than Standard Treatment.” Hilariously, CBS News ran the headline, “New study: Weight-loss surgery may cure diabetes.” Cure? So if a patient goes back to the same old diet, post-op, what becomes of the cure? The study doesn’t tell us that answer because the study is only concerned with comparing very profitable surgical intervention with standard protocol, with no alternative treatments or lifestyle changes considered.

The study compared “surgery head-to-head against standard medical treatment,” with the important word being “standard,” meaning the conventional, pro-drug treatment of the Medical-Big Pharma establishment and the conventional nutrition codes of the two ADAs (American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association). You know – those organizations that recommend carbohydrates for diabetics. Additionally, BMI (Body Mass Index) was used to determine eligibility for surgery, ignoring the fact that there are plenty of weighty folks with normal blood sugar and “skinny” folks with diabetes.

One doctor weighed in with a dash of sensibility:

“This is a very expensive and invasive way to control the disease,” said W. Douglas Weaver, head of cardiology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. “Having your blood sugar look better isn’t the same as not losing your eyes or having a heart attack.”

It is important to note this quote from the Wall Street Journal article: “Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery unit, which makes surgical devices, was among the sponsors of the study.” A version of this article on MSNBC also contains this quote: “The government recently lowered the criteria for use of gastric bands from a BMI of 35 down to 30 in diabetics or people with heart disease, opening the way for wider use of this and other procedures for obesity.” And lastly, be mindful that Medicare covers this surgery for “obese” people (according to the government BMI) with diabetes.

Indeed, we live in surreal times.

8:54 am on April 3, 2012