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Diabetes Prevention That Works

What happens in Room 6 at the Y.M.C.A. in Wayne, N.J., on Wednesday mornings doesn't look terribly dramatic. About a dozen people trickle in, step on a digital scale, show the program leader Elizabeth Youngstein their logs - on iPads or smartphones or in paper notebooks - recording what they ate since last week and how much they exercised.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Lifestyle interventions do work but must be maintained for a lifetime.  This is why 95% of all dieters regain their weight within five years of initially losing it.  It’s not that they are lazy but simply unable to overcome powerful hormonal forces that defend against lost weight.  This may explain why gastric bypass surgery remains the “gold standard” of long-term weight and diabetes control.

 

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