Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bariatric Medicine Type 2 Diabetes and Low Carb Diets

Bariatric Medicine: The treatment of obesity, and methods of weight loss. Bariatric physicians can be certified by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine.
Some bariatric physicians are surgeons specializing in surgery to promote weight loss, while others use diet and other lifestyle changes to treat obesity.

I came across the term Bariatric Medicine while researching the effects of a low carb diet on Type 2 Diabetes.  This led me to a wealth of articles focused on insulin and fat storage. One of the articles that I found of particular interest was on the site and concerning a Bariatric Physician by the name of Mary Vernon, M.D. Mary Vernon MD Link
This article addresses the myths of low carb dieting and also the scientific effect of low carb diets on the metabolism and weight loss.  There was a Q&A session with Dr. Vernon that addressed a number of very common questions a would provide an excellent roadmap for anyone interested in starting a diet of this type.  
There was also an interesting article on  If you have not visited this site you need to it really is a wealth of information very well organized and structured to allow for easy browsing.  This particular article states that the American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes get between 45 and 60 grams of carbohydrates at each meal but then goes on to explain why some people with diabetes who follow a low carb or restricted carb diet are finding that their blood sugar levels improve significantly. Live Stong Article
While I cant speak from personal experience on diabetes I have always had a problem with low blood sugar and I can say without a doubt switching to a low carb diet has allowed me to control any of the blood sugar fluctuations that used to plague me.  I can also say that contrary to other widely held beliefs I have never experienced low energy levels or felt lethargic while on this regiment (well other than when I get two hours sleep multiple nights in a row.)
I think the key here is to research this subject as much as possible.  With websites such as at your disposal there is no reason that you cant be extremely well informed on all subjects pertaining to your health.  As for me, I'm sticking to The Cheat Day Diet...I'm going to finish my American at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and walk over to our new Stout Burgers and Beers under construction (finally) in Santa Monica.  Ill fill you guys in on my daily eats as the day progresses, happy dieting.  


  1. Whenever I eat a heavy carb meal my body always feels sluggish afterwards! I can literally feel my body struggling to break those complex carbs!! I'm going to try drinking coffee, black w/ no sugar/cream/etc as you recommend. My grandpa on my mother's side had his own coffee company back in the day and he always drank his coffee black! He's 94 years old now and in great shape!

  2. Johnson,

    Thanks for the comment and for folling us at The Cheat Day Diet. The feeling that you are experiencing is a fairly complex reaction involving the release of insulin to help regulate blood sugar levels after consumption of a carbohydrate. There are a number of different ways that you can alleviate and or mitigate that feeling including avoiding empty carbs such as candy and soft drinks, and making sure to eat complex low glycemic carbs with every meal. I have attached a link that explains the process fairly well. Thanks again for the question and for following us at The Cheat Day Diet.