Once again, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is outdated with its thinking on how to tackle obesity and related diseases. NICE is proposing an expansion of weight loss surgery in England to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes.

Weight loss: New NHS Plans Offer Outdated Advice

The cost of diabetes to the NHS is over £1.5m an hour. This equates to over £25,000 being spent on diabetes every minute!

The diabetes can result in blindness, amputations and nerve damage and mounting body of evidence suggests a gastric bypass improves symptoms in around 60% of patients.

Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to lifestyle and obesity

Gastric bypass surgery costs between £3,000 and £15,000 and the under the current guidance, surgery is an option for people with a BMI above 35 who have other health conditions. But is surgery really the answer? (and does it provide a long term solution?)

From a cost perspective I think the NHS could easily achieve more for less.

For example, Tanya Hoffay from Queens, New York, USA was suffering from health issues that were being aggravated by being overweight and was advised by her doctors to consider a gastric bypass. Tanya disagreed and opted to try juicing for weight loss instead, going on a juice reboot for 105 days and losing 84 pounds (6 stone / 38 kg).

Working on a generous budget of £200 to provide a juicer and £10 per day for ingredients £1,250, Tanya’s ‘treatment’ would cost the NHS a small fraction of the costs associated with surgery. This would leave a significant amount of money to provide education and emotional support to help PREVENT the increase of type 2 diabetes, not just treat those who already have the disease.

When I interviewed Tanya she told me “I feel that juicing had given me the opportunity to take back my health into my own hands,” adding, “juicing will always be a part of my life.”

Less expensive and sustainable – I wondered if NICE have considered juicing as a way to combat obesity and diabetes?

Facing a gastric bypass Tanya chooses juicing for weight loss

Facing a gastric bypass Tanya opted to try juicing for weight loss

“I have type 2 diabetes and was on insulin and medication for 15 years, since juicing I have stopped taking insulin with no adverse effects.”

Phil McFarlane

Juicing: Phil Loses 60 Pounds and Gets Off His Diabetic Medication

Phil Loses 60 Pounds and Gets Off His Diabetic Medication

Juicing doesn’t just help combat obesity – it can also help reverse type 2 diabetes, the very thing that NICE is hoping to combat with gastric bypass surgery.

I’ve heard numerous stories of how juicing has helped those with type 2 diabetes to get free from their medications. For example, Joe Arnold, from Kansas, USA, get off all of his diabetic medication after just 2 weeks of juicing.

Joe says, “Before juicing it was hard for me to walk even a 1/8 mile without having to stop several times because my lower back would hurt. Now I walk about two miles with no issues, I even jogged for a little. My overall health is better; I am off all of my diabetic medication and water pills for my leg swelling. I have more energy to do more things that I could not before.”

A 15 Minute Way to Reduce Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Joe’s walk will also be helping with his type 2 diabetes. According to research by George Washington University, taking a 15 minute walk after a meal is an effective was of “blunting the potentially damaging elevations in post-meal blood sugar”. The research, which focuses on older people, found that a 15-minute walk after each meal could prevent type 2 diabetes from developing.

Drink Your Greens

Researchers from Leicester University, found that eating more fruit and vegetables in general did not significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes but when it came to green leafy vegetables, which the researchers said also includes broccoli and cauliflower, the risk reduction was significant.

The team calculated that a daily dose of 106g reduced the risk of diabetes by 14% – a UK “portion” is classed as 80g.

It is not clear why green leafy vegetables may have a protective effect but one reason may be they are high in antioxidants, such as vitamin C and another theory is that they contain high levels of magnesium.

Gastic bypass surgery of leafy greens? I know which one I’d choose!


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