Originally Posted by Dreamliner
I may be wrong but I don't think so. There was news recently about very low calorie diets effectively reversing diabetes. But in addition to the study I referenced, subsequent studies appeared to show that symptoms eventually return.
I don't think it's fatalism to acknowledge that many of us have diseases that can't be cured but can perhaps be controlled. I have two of them, asthma and hypertension.
My growing suspicion is that conscious weight-loss may not be the answer for anything. I'm not even sure that it's helpful for the morbidly obese.
To date, I'm aware of no clinical study that shows weight-loss increasing longevity. On the other hand, there is evidence that weight-loss decreases longevity.
I suspect that, end the end, we'd all be healthier and happier if we stopped trying to lose weight.
When I was 265, I had hyper-tension (per my doctor). For 3-4 tests by my doctor (and some on my own) spaced a month apart, I ran upper 140's / mid 90's. I was on medication to control it. Took Lisinopril (sp?) for 6 months and had to stop due to experiencing an unwanted side effect (chronic dry cough). Switched to Norvasc 10mg and was on that for 3-4 years.
I am not currently taking any medication, and haven't for almost 5 years.
Am I not cured of that condition? At least for the short term? At one point in near history, I needed assistance to manage my BP, now I no longer need it.
I recognize that I may suffer hyper-tension again in the future simply due genetics (like I say, can't beat em)... but that doesn't change the notion that I do not need assistance at this time.
And I sternly disagree with your last statement, if only on the happiness part alone.
Comparing my happiness now at 190-195 vs my happiness at 265... VASTLY different. I was miserable when I was heavy. Sure, there were things that would temporarily overcome the misery and give me joy, but in large part and most of the time, I was not happy. What's worse, I have noticed that I eat significantly different when I am not happy.