Obesity – a ticking time bomb

A visit to the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester in September reinforced our awareness of the rapid growth of obesity as a significant health challenge. In particular, it’s largely responsible for increasing the numbers of people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

We discovered that Type 2 diabetes is fast becoming a ticking time bomb. With 62% of adults in England in 2014 classified as overweight1, it may already be too late to stop the impending explosion of T2 diagnoses. Although Type 1 diabetes is treatable with insulin, and not linked with age or obesity, following a healthy lifestyle will help towards managing the condition.

However, the problem may not be irreversible. Through lifestyle changes, including weight loss achieved by extreme dieting and increased activity, the reversal of T2 diabetes has been successful in some patients2 . Government initiatives to encourage healthier lifestyles, reduced-calorie diets and lower sugar intake are being backed up by healthcare companies promoting a range of related products and services.

"Raising the level of surgical excellence in this field"

For patients with more complex conditions, the most effective solution may be bariatric surgery. Through our work with an international med-tech company, we were approached to support a group of international bariatric surgery experts in promoting BARIAlink.

The BARIAlink network uses monthly virtual classrooms to improve participants’ knowledge and skills. BARIAlink’s primary aim is to raise the level of surgical excellence in this field by sharing and discussing – at a highly professional level – the challenges faced by surgeons. Sessions cover a wide range of complex cases, innovative surgical procedures and new approaches to bariatric surgery.

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1 Health Survey for England 2014
2 Lean MEK, Leslie WS, Barnes AC, et al. Primary care-led weight management for remission of type 2 diabetes (DiRECT): an open-label, cluster-randomised trial The Lancet. Published online December 5 2017