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Marybeth

When my weight category was "super morbidly obese", I was taking somewhere around 8 prescription medications daily. This included Nexium, Metformin, and a host of others. I had begun to develop type 2 diabetes, had PCOS, high blood pressure, arthritis, etc. Let's not even talk about the plethora of antidepressants.

If I didn't have insurance, I would have spent a thousand plus a month.

The weight loss surgery procedure that I selected remains rarely covered, with patients referred to Lap Band or standard gastric bypass. My surgery is proven...PROVEN...to cure (CURE) diabetes within days, permanently, the only one that does. I know of type 1 diabetics who have traveled out of the country to have the procedure done in a modified way for no other reason but to cure their diabetes.

To qualify, you must show 2-3 years of medically supervised weight loss attempts, have a sustained weight overage of over 100 pounds for 5 years, etc. Even then your chances of being approved for duodenal switch are low.

Why? Well, why cure the cash cow, if you will pardon the pun? We spend more on diabetic supplies and treatments than any other condition. Had I not been able to get my company to cover it (through now-closed loopholes and being the world's most awesomest writer), I'd likely be in the 400 pound range now, still spending hundreds if not thousands.


There's a book called The Truth About Drug Companies, published about 5 years ago - http://www.amazon.com/Truth-About-Drug-Companies-Deceive/dp/0375760946/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283440465&sr=8-4 and it was stunning and depressing to read.

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