Stomach Staples or Healthy Kitchen Staples?

In my Care2 post Stent or Prevent? Ending Heart Disease, I reviewed new research showing that surgical stenting performed on hundreds of thousands of Americans a year for stable coronary artery disease was useless or worse compared to drug therapy. Of course neither gets to the root of the problem—the standard American diet—and the same can be said of stomach stapling surgery for type 2 diabetes.

Last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, a study funded by a surgical stapler company found that stomach stapling and drugs worked better than drugs alone in controlling blood sugars.  This so-called “bariatric” surgery is not without risk. Depending on the type of weight loss surgery performed, up to 1 in 100 people undergoing the procedure don’t make it off the operating table alive (or die within a month).

This is considered an acceptable mortality rate, comparing “favorably with the accepted operative mortality rates for other major surgical procedures.” After all, there are serious complications of having uncontrolled diabetes. But as with heart disease, there is a third option, a plant-based diet, which can help prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes and is associated with a plethora of positive side-effects. Dr. Dean Ornish spells it out in my video pick above.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Image credit: Samuel Bendet / Wikimedia Commons

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn2 years ago

Many thanks to you !

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

thank you

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Judith H.
Judith H5 years ago


J. G.
Jennifer G5 years ago

Mac C., I'm guessing you meant that you favor veggies over bariatric surgery. :)

Mac C.
mac C5 years ago

Bariatric surgery over veggies, no contest as far as I am concerned. Thanks for the great video featuring Dr. Dean Ornish.

Anne P.
Anne P5 years ago

I find it amusing that stomach stapling and other weight-loss surgeries are considered normal, while adopting a plant-based diet is considered extremist! Oy.

Sherri G.
Sherri G5 years ago

Our society does not eat right, nor does the average American get enough exercise.

And yes it's easy to make excuses..."I'm too busy to eat right and exercise"..."I don't like vegetables as much as fast food" etc.

We have become a nation of hypochondriacs that don't take care of themselve and then look to pills or surgery to fix the problem. You're not going to be a healthy size 6 if you eat like an unhealthy size 20. End of story.

I'm sorry if this sounds harsh...but people need to look at what they put in their mouths and how much time they spend on their feet - walking or jogging or some other form of exercise - if they want to be healthy.

Why should our health care costs continue to skyrocket while people refuse to take care of themselves? It's ridiculous.