The secret toll of stomach-shrinking surgery
I know it's tempting to go with the quick fix.
If you've really put on too much weight over the years, surgery might seem like the answer to your prayers, helping you to rapidly lose weight and cut your risk of diabetes at the same time.
But this is a quick "fix" that could quickly leave you in need of more repairs.
Even as the surgery helps trim your waistline and cut your need for meds to control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, it can cause other problems in another part of your body.
And it's one spot you don't want to mess around with: your brain!
The new study finds that folks who have the surgery and are on antidepressants beforehand still need the drugs afterward.
Even worse, folks who aren't on the meds before are actually more likely to NEED them later on!
The study doesn't show the reason, but this makes perfect sense.
When you cut the stomach with surgery, you change the delicate balance of bacteria in the gut -- and not for the better. You need those bacteria for absorbing nutrients such as the vitamin B12 that's so essential to mood and memory.
Those friendly germs even crank out mood-boosting neurotransmitters.
As a result, your mood can plunge right along with the numbers on the scale... and instead of enjoying life in your trim new body, you could end up more miserable than ever.
Adding insult to injury, you could also find yourself battling other issues in the brain, including memory loss and a foggy, hazy mind.
The surgery-pushing mainstream is of course already trying its darndest to dismiss the study.
Since the research was done in Denmark, maybe the study won't apply to people in other countries. And even if it did, they say, it's better to have control over blood sugar and blood pressure than your mood and memory.
But I say you don't have to choose one or the other.
Even if you've really let yourself go... even if it SEEMS like you're out of options and NEED that surgery... I'm here to say you've got a, better, safer alternative that will help cut your waistline and improve your mood at the same time.
All you need is a time-tested back-to-basics diet.
There's a reason folks in the Mediterranean region suffer from fewer cases of obesity, a lower risk of diabetes and live longer, too: It's their diet, rich in fish, poultry, olives, nuts and fresh produce... and low in red meats, sugars and dairy.
Yes, it will take you a little longer to reach your goal. But if you keep at it, you'll get there -- and you'll be healthier because of it.
More importantly, you'll be happier, too.