I've thought about this for a couple of days and the comments about the safety of weight-loss injections in The Sun on Tuesday.
We have a desperate state of the obesity crisis rampaging through the UK right now.
PEOPLE ARE DYING AND NEED HELP!!
We are not in the 1990's now, we've moved on a bit since then. The 'eat less & exercise more' mantra is wearing thin, it doesn't work, and if it did, we would all be thin!!
It's this negative attitude, mis-informing and scare mongering the public that is really very irresponsible indeed.
We now live in a world where the food industry is totally corrupt, glamorising sugar in glossy packaging and hiding it into absolutely everything we eat. No wonder we have a population of extremely overweight children and young adults. Medical professionals should be advising for the best interests of our patients.
All drugs do have risks, but it's about weighing up the benefit against the risk that is so important to consider. Obesity shortens life and it is usually the pre-cursor to other serious co-morbidities such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. This is proven, this is a solid fact and up until Saxenda got its medical license for weight-loss in January 2017, there had been nothing out there to help people.
There are no proven long term effects to health by taking this medication. In fact it is proven to reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, prevent diabetes, improves hormone imbalances and reduces visceral fat (the fat around organs) quite considerably indeed. Whats not to like!
Management of the drug is crucial to eliminate any side effects. Less than 1% of our patients suffer any side effects at all, this is because we screen and advise appropriately and the drug is prescribed to each individual need, not just a 'one size fits all' method.
Fad diets do not work, all this ketp rubbish, Cambridge etc etc, all a waste of time. Second you stop, all the weight goes back on and more. This is because you are encouraging the body to conserve fat.
Drugs like Saxenda, have the ability to very effectively release stored fat. This combined with a healthy diet plan, gets amazing results, that cannot be achieved or maintained by diet alone
We all know what to do, but if it was that easy, we would all be thin. Because of our generally high sugar intake, our bodies and metabolism are essentially screwed up. Saxenda re-calibrates and brings the body back into status quo with no stress to the body and no suffering to the patient. The drug reduces appetite and cravings so you naturally want to seek out healthier food choices.
We have an obesity problem in this country and we need to solve it. Saxenda is a prescription medication that is not only extremely safe but is proving to be very beneficial for long term health prospects.
We have helped over 10, 000 patients, we've lost over 40 tonnes of pure fat from the British public. Over 2 years down the line, more than 85% of our patients have maintained their weight loss.
So I'm not going to sit back and let 'the experts' with their mis-informed 'facts', put me down, when I'm out there, working night and day, to help people get the quality of their lives back and most importantly improve health and well-being.
I speak to EVERY patient that comes to us, without exception, because I know what its like to be fat and the absolute misery it causes. I care about each and everyone of my patients, I am not interested in a fast buck, like other unscrupulous weight loss companies. I give my personal support to everyone, means more to me than anything else, knowing that I have helped change someones life for the better.
Sarah Vine (A Daily Mail columnist) wrote a very truthful, realistic and informative article for the Daily Mail last year about her experience with Saxenda and this is what she said...
'Liraglutide, Initially used to treat Type 2 diabetes, liraglutide was also found to induce slow but gradual weight loss in patients. It’s this that I have been taking, under the brand name Saxenda. Since starting on it just over six weeks ago, my weight — which had crept back up to almost 15st — is back down to just over 14st. Unlike lorcaserin, which is a pill, Saxenda is administered by daily self-injection, like an insulin jab. It performs the same function as the pill — albeit via a different pathway in the body — and has been licensed since 2010. Quite why it’s not widely known is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps the fact you have to inject it puts people off. In any case, I found it quick and painless to administer and, apart from having to keep the pens in the fridge, hassle-free. From day one, starting on the lowest dose before building up over a few days to the full dose in order to minimise side-effects (mostly headaches and nausea, though I experienced neither), I began to feel the benefits. Whereas before I would clear my plate and still not feel full, now it takes just a few mouthfuls before I put down my knife and fork. I still feel hungry at times during the day, but it takes very little to satisfy that hunger. Psychologically, it’s also had a noticeable effect. I no longer fear food in the way I used to. That may sound a little strange, but as someone who has always had, shall we say, a healthy appetite, I can never really trust myself around food. At dinner times I would panic at the prospect of descending into a feeding frenzy which I’d not be able to control. Now you could put the most delicious plate of my favourite pasta in front of me, and I would enjoy it in a calm, controlled manner, safe in the knowledge I won’t be able to finish it. It’s important to stress that Saxenda is not a silver bullet. Patients can’t just take it and expect everything to be all right. You need to combine it with a healthy diet and exercise. But what it does provide very effectively is a boost, that bit of a leg-up in the daily battle. It stops the occasional lapse in willpower from becoming a slippery slope back to hell. There is just one problem. Saxenda costs around £180 for a month’s supply (£240 when you add the pharmacist’s mark-up, and that was after I haggled) — which may be worth it for a determined individual such as myself, but which for the NHS would be considered costly. But if you ask me, it’s worth every penny — especially when you consider the long-term benefits of losing weight and the savings when it comes to obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Not to mention the mental health of all those fat people who, like me, feel horribly ashamed and depressed about their condition. Certainly, I would far rather the NHS spent money on that than unnecessary prescriptions for skin cream and painkillers that can be bought cheaply over the counter. And yet, beneficial as these treatments are, I fear we are a long way off the NHS deploying them widely. Because unlike almost every other condition that afflicts humans — from anxiety to angina — being overweight is considered a moral failing, a self-inflicted illness that marks the person out as weak, shameful and in some way deserving of their suffering. Until society revises that belief, we will never overcome the obesity epidemic in this country.'