I’ve been putting off writing this edition of my Weighty Issues blog because I was afraid that it would sound like I was blowing my own horn. Well, I’m a book publicist in real life and I also have a few books to my credit. A new one has just come out, and hey, if I don’t blow the horn, who will?
This new book has been a long time coming, but I hope it will have been worth the wait. It’s called 21 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes & Weight Loss Surgery. Here’s why I’m so excited about it.
First of all, it was written with someone who has become a valued friend, Dr. Scott Cunneen, director of metabolic and bariatric surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A bona fide heavy hitter. (You see him quoted often on DiabeticLifestyle and EndocrineWeb, where he's an editorial advisor for both websites.) I am privileged to work with a brilliant surgeon and all-around good guy.
Secondly, our book was published by the American Diabetes Association! Their publisher, Abe Ogden, recognized the need for this information and asked Dr. Cunneen to write the book. The American Diabetes Association? Are you kidding me? Like we were even considering saying no to them…
Why This Book Matters
So, does this mean everyone with a weight problem and diabetes should run out and have weight loss surgery? No, it doesn’t. We’re not here to sell gastric bypass like you see on television commercials in the middle of the night.This is in no way a promise that everyone who has surgery will instantly become non-diabetic. In fact, most doctors agree that diabetes is a chronic disease for which a permanent cure does not yet exist. What you can aspire to as a person with diabetes is remission. We all know that controlling what we eat, keeping our weight in check and exercising regularly will go a long way toward long term glucose control that can keep symptoms and long term damage at bay.
One of those requirements—the one about keeping our weight in check—can be especially frustrating for people with diabetes and it becomes like a vicious circle with no end in sight. What Dr. Cunneen wants you to know is that when you’ve tried everything, when you’ve given it everything you’ve got, when your weight is contributing to co-morbidities like high blood pressure, heart disease, bad knees, back pain and, yes, out-of-control diabetes, there is hope. Gastric bypass and the newer sleeve gastrectomy are procedures that can quickly result in a reduction of medication and diabetic symptoms.
I am walking proof. I was on three oral medications for Type 2 diabetes and the next step was insulin. I opted for surgery and am now off all medication and my numbers are excellent. I’m 100 pounds down and I feel better—and younger—than I have in years. And guess who was my surgeon…
Anyway, since DiabeticLifestyle is such a great source of information, ideas and inspiration for all of us with diabetes, I wanted to add a source to the mix. It’s a small book, but it packs a wallop! Take a look here and see what you think.
Meantime, stay well! See you next time!