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Weight loss is not the answer as much as lowering insulin levels is!

July 20, 2015

Lifestyle Interventions May Not Be Doing Enough To Prevent Diabetes In Obese Pregnant Women.


This article is the perfect example of our theory. If one believes that “obesity and fat” are the problems with health (in this case bad pregnancy outcome, gestational diabetes, pregnancy induced hypertension and big babies), then the answer to the problem is weight loss. This is where the healthcare system is off base. The answer to the problem is to reduce insulin, which in turn results in weight loss and lower blood glucose. Starvation can lower weight but it can’t be healthy – think about it? Here is the dietary description for the intervention group directly from the article:

“[The intervention] suggested exchanging carbohydrate-rich foods with a medium-to-high glycaemic index for those with a lower glycaemic index to reduce the glycemic load, and restricting dietary intake of saturated fat.”

As we have said over and over, simply changing the glycemic index of the carbohydrates or even reducing the glycemic load (likely meaning going from 80% carbs to 50%) will not significantly change the metabolic picture of an individual, pregnant or not. So it is No Surprise that compared to the traditional diet group that the intervention group showed no difference. The authors however are severely perplexed and some would take this information to mean that carbohydrate restriction doesn’t work. This is the way almost every nutritional study has been done in the literature, minimal reduction of carbs, not elimination. Doesn’t it make sense that if humans don’t need carbs and that the premise of a study is that carbs are the villain, that maybe we should eliminate them to really see the effect.

Secondly, in these women, the avoidance of saturated fat is another huge mistake. Sadly, our poor nutritional research marches on. But readers take note, that this study in no way reflects the enormous beneficial effects of eliminating the carbohydrates and replacing with fat – mostly saturated fat. If that study were done the researchers would fall out of their chairs when the results were in. In today’s world, it would be very difficult to get such a study by the Institutional Review Boards who would see such dramatic potential harm to offering that diet to pregnant women.

Dr. Fox
Michael D. Fox, MD
Jacksonville Center
Reproductive Medicine

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