Don’t Like it? Cut The -Ish Out.
There’s an article that was published in yesterday’s NY Times that makes me crazy. It’s about a study that was done on lap band surgery for people with Type 2 Diabetes entitled, Surgery for Diabetes May Be Better Than Standard Treatment.
Right from the start, the title, this article gets me all sorts of fired up. I had heard about the study on CNN yesterday morning and was yelling back at the TV. I understand that it’s challenging for doctors to help patients with Type 2 Diabetes back into health and a healthy lifestyle, but is surgery really the answer?
Here’s a portion of the article from the NY Times published March 26, 2012:
In the United States, the number of diabetes cases has tripled in the past 30 years to more than 20 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the cases are Type 2. Type 1, far less common, is not linked to obesity.
Researchers said the operations used in the studies help control diabetes not just because they make people lose weight — a known treatment for the disease — but because the changes in anatomy alter the levels of gut hormones that affect the metabolism of sugars and fats.
We’ve Got To Start Taking Responsibility For Our Health
If losing weight is a “known treatment” for Type 2 Diabetes then why not start there? I TOTALLY get how challenging it is to lose weight and change your lifestyle. From 2007-2008 a National U.S. survey was done and 33.8% of people over the age of 20 are obese (linked to Type 2 Diabetes) in this country. Why won’t people wake up and take responsibility for their health? If the results of a disease are blindness, amputation and death, is it wrong to want people to fight for their lives…to eat to live instead to die? Doesn’t that just make sense? Call me crazy…a health nut, but I was obese. I changed my life. It is possible and it’s possible to do without surgery. We want an easy fix for everything, but sometimes we’re not willing to do the work to get there. I get it, but I’m just saying that I think before we start cutting people open we try
When Will We Wake Up?
When will we realize that the cookie or the cake isn’t worth not being able to see or walk or even live? What is it going to take?
Please, pause for a moment and think when you eat. Be grateful for your health (whatever it is), be grateful for the life you live and ask yourself if what you’re putting into your body is helping you to live a fuller, healthier life or is just a momentary fix to feel good.
It’s time for us all to open our eyes and really wake up.
I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE!