• Diabetes & Weight Loss Drugs In The News

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Sep 15th, 2014

Google news today had two very important articles.  One article stated that according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, there are now record numbers of people with diabetes—29 million.  There are also 86 million people who are pre-diabetic.  This means that they have a high risk of becoming diabetic unless they take steps to change their health.

Diabetes, as we know, has severe health consequences—kidney failure, blindness, strokes, heart attacks and sometimes loss of limbs through amputation.  It is a preventable disease.  It is also a reversible disease.  One of our Sklar Center patients recently shocked her endocrinologist.  Her diabetes had reversed itself.  According to her lab tests, she was no longer a diabetic.  Her doctor wanted to know what extraordinary thing had happened to make this occur.  “Diet” she told him.  She has embraced the “paleo” way of eating.  This approach to eating has very few starches and sugars, lots of healthy fats (like fatty fish, olive oil, and coconut oil), lots of vegetables and good amounts of lean protein.  She not only reversed her diabetes, she also lost over 20 pounds.  The power of proper nutrition is immense.  Keep that in mind when I tell you about the next article I read.

The other Google news article that caught my eye was about new weight loss drugs.  The latest in pharmaceutical weight loss products take advantage of the fact that some seizure medicines cause nausea.  They combine this with another medication which is similar to amphetamines (speed).  Is this a way to lose weight –  using a medication that causes you to feel ill along with a potentially addicting one?

Let’s combine these two stories and see that weight loss and reversal and prevention of diabetes can happen with a change in diet.  No need to feel sick or get addicted.  Just good, wholesome food.

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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