I admit I’ve never watched an episode of Dr. Oz in my life, until today. My wife watches it though, and she said to me that she saw an episode of him speaking with Randy Jackson about diabetes. Even my wife, who only knows a little about diabetes, recognized that these people were pretty lost, so I decided to watch this on the internet and maybe write an article on it.
My first impression was just how cheesy this all is, but that’s probably due to my not really spending any time watching popular TV shows, and I don’t even watch TV to be honest. I finally get to see the guy that is seen as such a guru among the masses, and I do know that he at least does some good by promoting supplements, so perhaps it was time to actually watch the guy in action for a few minutes at least.
The show started by saying that Randy grew up in Louisiana with Southern food and it showed some fatty food, and then Randy testified that they do use a lot of butter and salt, and this of course was very disappointing, their thinking that butter and salt is somehow behind diabetes. The opposite is true actually, we’ve moved away from butter and salt and there’s more and more metabolic disease, including diabetes.
This is all nonsense but a result of Dr. Oz’s lazy approach to all of this, just believing what he’s been told, and my wife told me that he was fairly hip to fat, but I guess not all that hip. I would like to ask him why he thinks that eating butter causes diabetes or any other condition, and I expect he might say, well everyone knows that, which means a lot of people believe it, a lot of kids believe in the Easter Bunny as well though, this means nothing.
it’s not that dietary fat doesn’t contribute to diabetes, but this is only an issue in the presence of high insulin levels, which most people have these days by the way. So with high insulin, this drives too much glucose and fat into cells, and if you eat a high fat diet with high insulin, that will be a problem, but the problem is the high insulin, and replacing the fat with more carbs definitely makes the situation worse.
As far as salt goes, most people these days are deficient in salt, and salt can put your blood pressure up a bit, but you only have issues with high blood pressure if your insulin levels are chronically elevated for too many years, and you also consume a high carb diet.
So what they should be telling people is that what really makes you sick is cutting down on fat and adding carbs. I did a bit of research on Dr. Oz and found he advocates lots of whole grains for diabetics, which tips his hand a lot, this is an ignorant view really, because whole grains raise blood sugar as well, just like processed grains do, and whole grains are even higher in things like lectins, which is a poison made by the grains to punish those who eat them.
Randy also mentions his having a sedentary lifestyle which led him to become very obese, 355 lbs, but we know that physical activity has a minimal effect on obesity, even though the fairy tale suggests otherwise.
Jackson admits to the love affair with food that he had back then and the extent of his overeating, and this is a condition that is of course very prevalent, especially among obese people. Jackson testifies that his diagnosis of type 2 diabetes did serve as a wake up call, prompting him to finally get serious about managing his weight, although being overweight in itself is a disease we should be concerned about as well.
However, being overweight is actually the norm now, people don’t worry about it too much, although Randy at least did take his diabetes more seriously, and not everyone does, a lot of diabetics don’t actually.
Dr. Oz comments that Randy could have died from the blood sugar level he had at diagnosis, over 500, that’s a rather silly comment though but in a way that is pretty consistent with medical thinking. People do die with blood sugar that high, but it’s not from the blood sugar at all, but it’s correlated with it.
So if one has extreme insulin deficiency this can cause both very high blood sugar and diabetic ketoacidosis, and it’s the DKA that kills you, and people who have blood sugar that high almost always have the opposite, very high insulin levels. This kills you too, but much, much more slowly.
Randy then tells us he’s teamed up with Merck to get the word out on diabetes, which is like making a deal with the Devil actually. Diabetes awareness though is a good thing in itself and a huge problem, we rarely screen for this, and even though I’m sure Merck would love to see more diagnoses, so they can make more money from their anti diabetic medications, we do need to diagnose this more.
So Jackson says he went to a nutritionist, which is of course pretty funny as nutritionists aren’t trained to make recommendations to treat anything effectively, especially diabetes, but Jackson did manage to cut down on eating enough to lose a few pounds.
He then decided to do gastric bypass surgery, and whether or not we may advocate that, whether or not there are better means out there to manage obesity and diabetes, there’s no question that this does work.
If there’s no other way to get people to cut down on eating enough, and this does take quite a bit of resolve on the part of the patient in addition to at least a good understanding of the hormones involved, and a lot of patience, then gastric bypass will at least work to get you to cut back, because by shrinking your stomach so much, that’s going to really get you to cut down on eating for sure.
As it turns out, the stomach plays a big role in diabetes, and we’re not even exactly sure how, although the hormones it secretes is known to play a big role in blood sugar management. The body is designed this way actually because this is where food goes, and our bodies need to be prepared for the glucose we get from meals, just like saliva prepares us for digestion and you can secrete it even before you start eating.
So Jackson lost 120 pounds, which certainly needed to happen, and he looks like he could stand to lose a few more actually, but this is definitely an improvement over when he was morbidly obese. They don’t call it morbidly obese for nothing.
Since these people don’t really have much of a clue about what’s really going on here with these diseases, both obesity and diabetes, they have addressed one of the problems here, overeating, which can be a big one, but it’s even more important to address the real issue, insulin levels.
It’s very likely Jackson has no idea what his insulin levels are right now, and they are surely lower, and you can tell that just from weighing yourself, as the higher your insulin levels are, the more fat you store. He very likely has no idea why this even matters, and Dr. Oz may not either, as few medical doctors do. It looks like they are still high, which can still happen even after gastric bypass, as one can still consume too much glucose, and it can take a long time to get the body to where hormones normalize and insulin resistance subsides enough to get even close to normal and healthy.
Then we have a couple of guys in drag come on stage and I decided that this was a good time to conclude my viewing. Jackson admits that he does endure complications from the surgery which is to be expected, but feels that it has been of great benefit to him overall, saving his life he says.
It’s easy to say, well if he had someone who actually knew what they were doing, Ron Rosedale for instance, managing his condition, he could have gotten even better results without this surgery, but the truth is, people don’t have access to that sort of knowledge or care generally so it’s a moot point. They should though.
Best of luck Randy.