I was shocked by a 2016 article from the journal Obesity that showed doctors prescribe way more medications for diabetes than pills to fight obesity.
The article describes 15 times more prescriptions to treat diabetes than to treat obesity.
According to the CDC, more than two thirds (71%) of adults in the United States are overweight and/or obese. Extreme obesity is at 18% of adults and rising according to research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and some cancers.
So if obesity is a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, would it not make more sense to treat overweight and obesity before someone becomes diabetic?
Yet from reading this article, it appears the opposite happens.
I do not prescribe anti-obesity pills. Instead, through coaching, I help my clients lose weight by managing their thoughts, feelings, and actions around food.
Does this article indicate a surrender to the belief that losing weight is too hard?
Is it not worth the fight? Is there not a cause? Is the fact that many of these anti-obesity drugs still require a healthy diet and exercise part of the reluctance to prescribe?
Many type 2 diabetics fear becoming insulin-dependent when the medications stop controlling blood sugars. I think back to a type 2 diabetic I autopsied a few years ago at the medical examiner’s office.
His bedroom floor was littered by a sea of empty cans of soda pop. There were also multiple trash bags filled with these cans.
The article states that many of the anti-obesity drugs are not covered by insurance.
Many clients ask me if my coaching services are covered by their health insurance. I tell them “no.”
I must say, though, what I value, I do pay for. Paying for something actually makes me value it more. Too often we tend to focus more on the money leaving our wallets or purse; and disregard how that money that will come back to us multiple-fold via better health, more energy and vitality, and the creation of a better life for ourselves and our family.
If this post resonates with you and you struggle with overweight / obesity, pre-diabetes or diabetes, and wish to explore how coaching can help or enhance what you are already doing, then why not hop on a free session with me?
Have you honestly explored all of your options? Have you researched alternative means of turning money objection into strategy that will ultimately get you to where you want to go?
I implore you to not give up on yourself. You can win this. You do have a choice in how you live and the way that you wish to design your life.
If you would like to explore how working with a coach will help you lose weight, feel great, and live your best life ever, then let us set up an appointment to talk about how coaching can help you design the life of your dreams. Click HERE for a free session.