Everybody is motivated to lose weight for different reasons, what’s yours?

We all know that losing weight decreases your risks of dying early from weight related illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc.

But there are many other benefits to losing weight …….

Improved sleep

Less joint pain

Increased energy

Increased confidence

Improved mood

Better complexion

People usually treat you better

Your children will eat better

You often are more open to trying new experiences and activities

Breathe easier

Clothes look and fit better

Sex drive improves

Your memory may improve

Food tastes better

You save money as not spending as much on food

 

Whatever your reason to lose weight, whether it is to improve health, confidence, mood, energy levels or to live longer…….. you get all the benefits if you make a success of it.

Diabetes Death Trap!

Diabetes is killing people across the globe. Type 2 Diabetes is a known co-morbidity of Obesity.

415 Million people worldwide have diabetes, worryingly almost half of those people do not know yet that they have the disease. It truly is a global epidemic.

It is estimated that by 2040 1 in 10 people will have diabetes.

 What are the risk factors of Type 2 Diabetes?

Being obese, being inactive, a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and being aged 45 and over.

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?

Frequent urination, excessive thirst, very hungry, fatigue, dry skin, slow healing wounds and leg or foot pain.

Long term risks of diabetes:

Increased blood pressure

Nerve damage

Kidney disease

Eye problems which can lead to blindness

Serious sores on the skin and feet which can lead to amputation.

 

If you are worried about the risk of diabetes see your GP and request a HbA1c blood test. This blood test gauges your average blood sugar level for the last 2-3 months.

If you are diabetic it is important to take your medications as prescribed by your doctor, to monitor your blood sugar levels, to reduce/eliminate sugar from your diet, eat a healthy balanced diet as advised by your doctor and to increase your exercise and REDUCE YOUR WEIGHT!

If your BMI is above 30, Bariatric surgery may well be an effective option for you.

Bariatric surgery can trigger physiological changes, hormones are changed which stabilise blood sugar……… all without the use of drugs!