The US is in the midst of an unprecedented epidemic of Type 2 diabetes. This is the result of our bad, and increasingly dangerous diet and sedentary habits. It's a horrible disease, and it's getting more and more common. Well, today it was announced in the New England Journal of Medicine (that's as reputable a source as you can get in medicine) that baryatric surgery, where they cut out part of the stomach and then fix the plumbing in the digestive tract and sew it all back together, is more effective at treating (and in some cases curing) diabetes than available medications.
Hello? This is flipping ridiculous! This is saying a disease caused by our diet can be cured by just surgically altering our digestive tract, thereby allowing us to never look at our diet, or change it! The coverage I've read also under-stresses the big problems involved with undergoing, recovering from, and living with baryatric surgery. And the worst part is the way this medical news is presented as something we should consider. Oh sure, America's food industry threatening to kill us all with our tasty snacks, but we don't have to worry about that any more, because now we can cure Type 2 diabetes by surgically revising our digestive systems to accommodate the bad food. Pass me the Pringles and remote control. I'm going to celebrate.