I attended Grand Rounds in the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Chicago, where I attended medical school (class of 1982 – check out the Afro and aviator glasses) and served 20 years on the faculty. I heard a lecture about obesity and diabetes. Dr. Ronald Cohen showed how even very shortly (only 2 weeks) after gastric bypass surgery, patients’ blood sugars were better controlled and that their fat cells made fewer chemicals that contribute to insulin resistant / high blood sugar / prediabetes.
One astute attendee asked whether or not dietary changes could produce such rapid results. We know that a high animal (saturated) fat diet makes the pancreas have a harder time producing enough insulin to effectively drives sugar into cells (including muscle and liver). I also wonder if an exercise program can produce rapid changes. As I stated yesterday, my abrupt change in food quality and exercise when I entered the Structure House weight loss program (2 week stay 3.5 years ago) eventually resulted in lower blood sugars; I had had prediabetes.
I laughed noting that the boxed lunches provided for attendees featured cookies and chips – folks were wolfing them down! Doctors: heal thyselves!