In order to reduce diabetes, the NHS has announced a trial experiment with 5,000 people with type 2 diabetes invited to follow a diet of 800 calories a day for three months. This drastic diet will only consist of liquid meals: soups and shakes.
Type 2 Diabetes is essentially linked to diet
Type 2 diabetes is the most common diabetes, it occurs when there is a problem with insulin. In the UK, NHS estimates than one in 17 people suffers from diabetes 2. It is mainly social and environmental factors (linked to our lifestyles) that explain this constant increase of type 2 diabetes in the population: overweight, obesity, lack of physical activity, sedentary lifestyle are the main causes of diabetes.
This 800 calories diet could have a very beneficial impact on weight and could help treat diabetes patients more efficiently. In fact, this diet could lead to a loss of fat around their internal organs such as pancreas, which is the organ producing insulin and directly causing diabetes.
Simon Stevens the chief executive of NHS England declared:
“The NHS is now going to be ramping up practical action to support hundreds of thousands people avoid obesity-induced heart attacks, strokes, cancers and type 2 diabetes. […] Because what’s good for our waistlines is also good for our wallets, given the huge costs to all of us as taxpayers from these largely preventable illnesses.”
This diet is only one of the programmes and measures set up by the NHS to treat but also prevent type 2 diabetes. However, these measures will not be enough if our lifestyle and especially our diet do not change and if public authorities do not undertake more prevention campaigns in the whole country to raise awareness among the youngest.
In January Commuters Will Pay 3.1% More For Train Tickets
After a very bad year for regular train users with repeated breakdowns, cancellations, strikes and delays, things are not going to get any better with a 3.1% increase in train tickets scheduled from January 2, 2019.
With this fare increase, users expect to see their money invested in major improvements on the lines, allowing faster and more frequent on-time trains. However, in view of the many problems that passengers have frequently encountered this year, many are doubtful and do not find this increase justified.
The chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, Anthony Smith, declared:
“Many passengers, still reeling from summer timetable chaos and frustrated by ‘autumn’ disruption, won’t believe fares are going up again! Until day-to-day reliability returns – with fewer significant delays and cancellations – passenger trust won’t begin to recover. […] Passengers now pour over £10bn a year into the rail industry alongside significant government investment, so the rail industry cannot be short of funding. When will this translate into a more reliable railway and better value for money for passengers?”
Even if the Rail Delivery Group recognises that nobody like to pay more money, they promise that this money will be well used and reinvested to provide better service with more frequent and reliable trains.