This Diabetes Awareness Month, physicians adopt new ways to fight Diabesity
Thousands of healthcare professionals attack the root cause of diabesity, insulin resistance
Gatineau, QC. (November 16, 2016) During Diabetes Awareness Month, physicians and healthcare providers across North America are looking at new ways to address the epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes, collectively called “diabesity.” Diabesity encompasses the related conditions of obesity, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome1 that plague millions.
People with diabesity are at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke,2 and many cancers3. To help patients effectively manage their weight and as a result, prevent or lessen the health ravages of diabesity, many providers are offering the Ideal Protein Protocol, a medically designed and developed protocol for weight loss and weight maintenance. The Ideal Protein Protocol attacks the root cause of obesity that often leads to type 2 diabetes – the over production of insulin that often results from the typical Western diet.
Obesity Medicine-Board Certified internist Dr Linda Anegawa,M.D., F.A.C.P has dedicated her entire career to arresting obesity, and is one of the physicians taking this new approach. “In my practice, patients with diabetes come to me feeling defeated and discouraged. They’ve been following traditional advice to eat less and exercise more. They are often following a low calorie diet often rich in fruits, so-called ‘whole grains’, granola, yet their blood sugar keeps increasing, prompting further increases in medications. A diet like this worsens the problem by increasing the overproduction of insulin, which promotes fat storage and more weight gain,” said Anegawa.
The rise in diagnoses of type 2 diabetes is assumed to be a result of the growing obesity epidemic. Obesity is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, and more than 90% of type 2 diabetics are overweight or obese.4 In fact, type 2 diabetes accounts for 95% of the 25.8 million diabetes cases in the United States.5
“The Ideal Protein Protocol is different because it attacks obesity at its root: insulin overproduction,” Dr. Anegawa continued, “Using the Ideal Protein Protocol in my practice helps us attack the root cause of weight gain and reverse this process. Reducing dietary carbohydrates helps keep insulin levels low. Lower insulin levels mean the body is able to use stored fat for energy and the dieter loses weight. Blood sugars drop and we are able to reduce medication doses as a result. It’s a completely different approach to the problem of diabesity, and it’s one that we should be offering far more frequently,” she said.
Aside from the nutritional component, patient education, counseling, and support are also critical to achieving sustainable weight loss. According to Dr. Anegawa, this starts with honest conversations between patients and their providers about the serious health consequences of obesity.
“We must bring up our concerns regarding weight and health, “she said, “Without starting the conversation, we cannot address the problem.”
Research presented at ObesityWeek 2016 demonstrated lowered healthcare costs and changes in patient outcomes following weight loss with the Ideal Protein Protocol.
To see how physicians and other healthcare practitioners are helping their patients lose weight, click here.
About Ideal Protein
The Ideal Protein Protocol is medically designed and developed and is consistent with evidence-based guidelines for weight loss management and maintenance. The protocol tackles the root cause of weight gain – the body’s overproduction of insulin – by restricting consumption of sugars and carbohydrates- achieving optimal results through lowering poor fat intake, while maintaining adequate protein intake to preserve muscle mass. It is exclusively available from Ideal Protein’s approved health care professionals and trained coaches. For more information, visit www.IdealProtein.com.
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2. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Diabetes (NIIKD), Heart Disease and Stroke. Accessed from https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/preventing-diabetes-problems/heart-disease-stroke
3. American Diabetes Association: Diabetes and Cancer:A consensus report Accessed from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2890380/table/T1
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5. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases(NIIKD).National Diabetes Statistics, 2014. Accessed from: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes-report-web.pdfhttp://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/statistics/#fast