When Will The Medical Community “Get It”?

Yesterday I received an e-mail from a doctor website.  I copied and pasted the subject line of the e-mail:

Highlights from the 2019 American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Sessions

There were many speakers, presentations, original research provided etc. The “Who’s Who” of renowned diabetes experts/doctors etc. was most likely in attendance as well as keynote speakers.

I reviewed all of the subjects covered in the e-mail that was sent.  LOTS of stuff about insulin, the pancreas, oral diabetes medications and other information about therapies for diabetes.  I did NOT see one speaker, one article or in fact, one word about weight control.

One of the very first blood tests to change during weight loss is the blood glucose level.  In the SP Program, we actually suggest that diabetic patients cut their current medications by 50% the very first day they start the program.  The reason is that the blood sugar drops so quickly, these patients would become hypoglycemic if they did not lower the dosages of the meds.

The very best “treatment” for diabetes is weight control, if the person is overweight.  The prevalence rate of poor weight control is 85% in Type 2 diabetics, so there is no doubt that the overwhelming majority of Type 2 diabetics will greatly improve with weight control.

Now back to the medical community: There needs to be a much better understanding among healthcare professionals that we cannot simply tell overweight/obese patients to “eat less and exercise more” and then expect that major changes will occur.  People need support and structure for successful weight control efforts and treating doctors need to either offer up this support or refer them to someone that does.

The paradigm of changing “diagnosis and treatment” to “identifying/prevention” is one that has not taken place as yet in our medical system.  Conspiracy theorists will target pharmaceutical companies as the major villains because these companies sure make lots more $$$ when we have illnesses than when we do not.  I would almost guarantee that all of the great dinners, entertainment and other fun stuff at the ADA’s function were supported by major pharma.

Now, back to the most important person, YOU:  Know what your hemoglobin A1C is and if this is above normal, re-invigorate your weight control efforts and if successful, you will most likely need the endocrinologists and the medications that are certain to follow.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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