It takes a pandemic to recognize a pandemic. Now that the meaning of the word is fully understood globally, it will be easier to understand that the increased risk factors in a subset of the population is none other than metabolic disease. It is these that are most likely to develop a severe form of disease that will end up hospitalized in critical care including intubation and mechanical ventilation. Lets start by the facts. What is Covid-19? Every one knows by now that it is a Coronavirus that started in China and has spread the world over. What is Metabolic syndrome? Everyone should know that it is a cluster of conditions that increase your risk for stroked, heart attack and type 2 diabetes, and where the cause is really not known. Both Covid-19 and Metabolic Syndrome have reached pandemic proportions. For the first time in the history of the world, two deadly pandemics clash, one playing of the other. One increasing the mortality of the other. While one pandemic is highly published in the media the second one has been put in the back burner. I believe that sooner or later the media will be placing more attention in Metabolic Syndrome for what it is, a chronic, inflammatory, debilitating and life threatening disease. Metabolic syndrome conditions includes excess weight, obesity, type 2 diabetes, hipertension (high blood pressure) high trigylcerides, high colesterol (displipedemia), cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, polycystic ovarian disease, infertility and even some cancers. It is all caused by excess insulin and insulin resistance. What is the cause of insulin resistance? Too much insulin in the first place. The cause too much insulin is now under rigurous scientific scrutiny and it would seem that it most likely that the true cause is environmental compund or molecule with a touch of genetics predisposing certain individuals in developing the disease. Some of the most revealing reserach is being done in pesticides and fungicides in our food. And preliminary studies show that there is a certain correlation of higher incidence of diabetes in areas with more use of certain compounds of organophasphates in our food. Back to the insulin theory. We will talk more about what causes the unhealthy raise in insulin but for the time being lets say it's mainly two things: The food we eat, and the toxins added to the food. I sum it up in the following: Too many carbs and too many toxins. The reason this is so important is that high insulin is the main cause of the disease that are killing America. The most recent data shows that up to 52% of the U.S. population has pre-diabetes or have full fledged diabetes. Having pre-diabetes is like being "kinda" pregnant. Sooner or later the pre-diabetic will develop the disease. This would literally mean that half of the adult population in the U.S is in fact diabetic. Another study shows that 50% of the U.S. population have some type of Cardiovascular disease. More and more research indicate that diabetes and cardiovascular disease are one in the same, just different manifestations of the same disease. A recent study looked at adults between 2009 and 2016 and found that a mere 12.2% of them were fit. This means that 9 out of 10 people have some type of metabolic condition!. With these numbers, and believe me when I tell you, we're not trying to scare you, these are the actual numbers coming from validated research, I believe that Metabolic Syndrome deserves the spotlight, front and center recognition. Since metabolic disease is a pro-inflamatory state, it is easy to understand why Covid-19 can raise havock in indivuduals with metabolic impairment and create a more aggressive form of the disease with higher lethality.
In the UK, where Obesity is also at an all time high, it seems that the government have their head in the right place! A push for reestablishing weight loss surgery can mitigate the higher risk in a matter of weeks. Boris Johnson was urged by The British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society to back increased access to bariatric operations. There is enough evidence that the treatment, approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, produces weight loss within 12 weeks and reverses type 2 diabetes and hipertension, all three are major Covid-19 risk factors.
As a weight loss surgeon for a quarter century, I know the benefits of weight loss surgery first hand. I throughly enjoy the constant emails and tracking data that shows how metabolic syndrome reverts in a matter of weeks. Patient's lose a substantial amount of weight, but most importantly they are off all their medication for their blood sugar, blood pressure, colesterol etc. This is a gamechanger for those at higher risk for developing the severe form of Covid -19. The risk is mitigated In a matter of weeks. When I decided to offer these life saving procedures to the international patients I had to design a program that was safe and hassle free. Obesity Control Center was born with that objective in mind. We are documented as the first Global Bariatric Healthcare institution to offer weight loss surgery to the traveling patient. We are the pioneers of what is now called health tourism. Safety and quality healthcare has been our focus since day one. Being in Mexico our overhead costs are much less and that is what helps make the procedure affordable. Since safety is our priority, we now live in aworld where Covid-19 is a constant menace, so we have risen up to the challenge and created a Covid-19 Best Practices Program at OCC.
Obesity Control Center is now in certified in Best Practices the Covid-19 era. We have further streamlined the process putting emphasis in safe travel hospital stay and return back home. We are also working with Global Healthcare Accreditation to establish the first Covid-19 Best practices accreditation that helps establish standards of care and safety in the hospital and medical settings as well as the hotel and transportation and all third parties involved in the care of the traveling patient. More on this to come!.