Under new NHS guidelines an extra 800,000 people could be considered for gastric bands or other forms of surgery in an attempt to cut eating habits and fight the obesity crisis that is affecting so many of us.
At present around 10% of the NHS budget is used to treat type 2 diabetes, which although sometimes caused by genetics is likely caused by obesity.
NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence proposes that by lowering the threshold for considering bariatric surgery for people freshly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes from a BMI of 35 to 30 will help combat the obesity crisis and the costs that it incurs.
How will lowering the threshold reduce NHS costs?
NICE believes that lowering the threshold will cut overall NHS costs:
“More than half of people who undergo surgery have more control over their diabetes following surgery and are less likely to have diabetes-related illness. In some cases, surgery can even reverse the diagnosis.”
However not everyone is so keen on the idea. For example Diabetes UK who believe that this form of surgery should only be used as a last resort:
“Although studies have shown that bariatric surgery can help with weight loss and have a positive effect on blood glucose levels, it must be remembered that any surgery carries serious risks. Bariatric surgery should only be considered as a last resort if serious attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful and if the person is obese.”
“Bariatric surgery can lead to dramatic weight loss, which in turn may result in a reduction in people taking their type 2 diabetes medication and even in some people needing no medication at all.”
“This does not mean, however, that type 2 diabetes has been cured. These people will still need to eat a healthy balanced diet and be physically active to manage their diabetes.”
Recommended method of weight loss
If you want to lose weight to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes then the best course of action is a complete lifestyle change.
Of course diets may help you to lose weight but once you start back with your old habits the weight will surely return.
By changing your lifestyle for the better you will be able to lose the weight and keep it off long term.
To do this you will first need to look at what you are eating. Out should go those processed foods and takeaways, instead replace them with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey or fish.
Next you need to start drinking more water. Stop drinking all those caffeinated drinks as they are offering you no nutritional value, whereas water can aid your weight loss efforts as it contains zero calories, can help keep cravings at bay and can help flush out those toxins that prevent weight loss from occurring.
To lose weight you should also get regular exercise, which may be hard to start but worth it in the long run if you stick with it.
If you are new to exercise you could start by simply going for a walk every night. Of course if you want to see real results 3-4 twenty minute sessions of intense exercise a week is recommended.
Take it slow to begin to ensure you do not injure yourself, but push yourself at the same time. You know your limits, just try to push them that little bit more each day.
Finally, you may want to consider taking a supplement such as Glucomannan Plus as this works in a similar fashion as a gastric band, of course without the painful (and expensive) surgery.
Glucomannan Plus is made from konjac root, which is clinically proven to aid weight loss as it can:
- Keep you feeling full for longer, due to the fibre that swells within your stomach
- Help control blood sugar levels, which is vital for diabetics