Love the quote in the title! That quote applies to more than just overweight and obese kids. It applies to all of us. The quote was a comment by Dr. Katz, the director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, on a study that was recently reported on December 17th, 2013. The meta-analysis, reported in the article, Metformin causes modest weight loss, evaluated previous weight loss studies and the use of Metformin (Glucophage) given to overweight children, without diabetes, to help with weight loss efforts. Metformin is a drug used in those with Type 2 Diabetes to help reduce the incidence of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body does not recognize insulin and it cannot lower blood sugar levels adequately.
Results of the analysis did show a small amount of weight loss seen with the children using the medication. However, the difference in weight loss between those using Metformin and those changing only lifestyle behaviors was minimal. Once again, we see that the best results come from us making changes not with us relying on medications to make those changes. The other benefit of not relying on medication is that we reduce costs and do not have to fear the potential side effects that come with any medication.
Start improving your health today by going for a short walk, or by reducing the number of sodas or sweet tea you drink. Add a piece of fresh fruit to your meals, increase the amount of vegetables, or fix more meals at home. We have the opportunity each day to make changes that will improve our health. Remember, each one of us holds the keys to bettering our health. Medications are not something that needs to be avoided. But, we do need to commit to a healthier lifestyle and be responsible for our own care.
Make today the day you start something new…..
It’s Your Life. It’s Your Health. Make That Change!