A study known as Look Ahead was published on June 24, 2013 in the NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine). It concluded that long-term weight loss and exercise in diabetics didn’t show lower rates of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes). This research followed 5,000 plus overweight and obese patients over a 10 year period. There were two groups. The placebo subjects only received diabetes support and education. The other group got diet intervention and were also put on an exercise program. Renovating Your Mind does not agree with the results of this study. Research was poorly designed with diet and biased with the influence of more cardiovascular-protecting medications in the placebo group. This research did find significant positive evidence with other health factors or diagnostic measurements in the diet/exercise-treated group.
Although the exercise and diet group didn’t show reduced heart attack or stroke over ten years, many other parameters of health indicated benefits galore.
Here they are:
- Reduced medication use
- Protection from kidney damage
- Decreased hospitalization
- Lower blood pressure
- Better sugar control (some having diabetic remission)
- Patients just reported “feeling better”
This study’s placebo group were on more statins (Zocor (simvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Crestor, etc) and other medications known to significantly lower cardiovascular disease. So any positive effects of diet/exercise would be diluted by use of more drugs to prevent heart attack/stroke in the placebo group. What were they thinking when they set up this study? Well things may have changed in the health of the control patients as the study progressed through the decade. The control patients may have gotten sicker as a group versus the diet treated patients. With a sicker patient usually comes more medication being prescribed by physicians.
The research project may have not been long enough to see a positive result. Harmful effects of cardiovascular diseases may have been irreversible because of disease severity before the initiation of the trial. The diet they needed to use should have been the Mediterranean plan. This type of dietary selection has been shown to significantly lower incidence of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
The study showed some amazing benefits for those diabetics that want to get in better shape. Benefits of diet and exercise in diabetes didn’t show because of how the study was designed.
Diabetes is now running rampant around the globe. It’s estimated that over 350 million people throughout the world have the disease. Over 26 million of those diabetics are living in the U.S. As more and more countries follow our westernized diets, these numbers will continue to rise at epidemic proportions. It is not only the quantity of food but much of the quality of that food is “pure garbage!”
I am very passionate about making food selection a quality event. Many of us have become hypnotized into a trance by food marketers. They addict us with the fat, sodium and sugar of those manufactured products. Now even some of the biologically modified products like beets, soy and corn are questionable with regards to what they are doing to our bodies. There is also a question of what have they done to our wheat in the last 3-4 decades.
Has there been an accidental contamination of our wheat with BMO wheat that is now part of our common food supply? I hope not. Government agencies declined Monsanto in 2005, the legal right to sell these BMO wheat products to farms. Biologically engineered wheat has been appearing in places in the U.S. and in foreign countries. Monsanto claims these accidental contamination events having nothing to do with their company. Renovating Your Mind hopes not.
The study shows that losing weight, keeping the weight off and exercising paints you into a healthier picture. You also feel good about yourself which is a positive mental effect from your efforts. Studies like this don’t always show the full meaning of change. Continue to eat as much raw food as possible and limit animal meats. The more fruits and vegetables the better because of its highly protective effects from major disease killers. Eat as many different colors as you can daily. Make a smoothie with fruits and vegetables. Produce is the king of health. Whether fresh, frozen or canned make it the core of your diet.