You can be confident about the ProLongevity service because it is run exclusively by qualified health-professionals.
Patients using the ProLongevity service attach a continuous glucose monitor, or CGM, to their arm. This has a tiny hair-like probe which punctures the skin. It doesn't go into your blood, just the fluid around your cells.
Theresa May wears a CGM. She is a Type-1diabetic who developed the condition as an adult, due to an autoimmune problem. The CGM is simple to apply. You can do it yourself, or we can do it for you.
Each sensor lasts for two weeks. It communicates with an app on your smartphone, which sends information to a secure server. You can access the information at all times, helping you take control of your health.
We use the data the CGM collects to understand what makes your blood-sugar spike. Everyone is different, so we develop a plan that will help YOU get healthier.
A history in health
Our roots are in Hertfordshire, just north of London, where our family owns a group of pharmacies. Some of our customers have been coming to us for decades, and they trust us to keep them and their families healthy.
We help people stay well. It’s in our blood.
In recent years we started to see something new: an increase in people with prediabetes and type-2 diabetes. Across the UK this is now classified as an epidemic. Four million people suffer from the condition, and the number is rising rapidly.
This not just a UK problem. The World Health Organisation says that the number of adults globally with diabetes has quadrupled to over 420 million since 1980, almost entirely because of the increase in type-2 diabetes.
Having type-2 diabetes greatly increases the risk of heart-attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation, as well as some cancers and even dementia. In the UK, 10% of the total NHS spend goes on treating the problem, and the figure will only rise.
We saw more people with the condition every year. We were handing out more and more medication. Some worked, some didn’t. Some had side-effects.
Drugs didn’t seem like the solution to us. Everyone’s body is subtly different, and yet we were using the same pills for them all. Also, the causes of type-2 diabetes are well-known: poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. So why weren’t we addressing the cause, rather than the symptoms?
We thought there had to be a better way.
Blood-sugar levels are the root of the problem. Our bloodstream can cope with no more than a spoonful of sugar at a time that’s a tiny amount in 8-pints of blood!. Any more, and it is effectively toxic. Fizzy drinks and even fruit juices can play havoc with the body’s balance. Refined carbohydrates and other processed foods are just as bad.
Snacking is a big issue too. It keeps blood sugar and insulin levels high. Your body functions best when it has a 12-hour break between meals overnight. This is how our ancestors lived; BREAK-fast, the first meal of the day, gets its name from the act of breaking a fast. And yet even when people thought they knew what changes to make, they couldn’t.
Diets didn’t work.
We realised we had to do something more personalised, and to look at people’s whole lifestyles. We look at your diet, exercise regime, your stress triggers, your sleep patterns and more.
We developed a service which combines blood-sugar monitors and apps, and then we use our experience to interpret that information and develop a programme specifically tailored to each individual’s biology, which can prevent dangerous blood-sugars spikes.
The solution is simple.
We can start recommending lifestyle changes that can help you lose weight, feel better, lower the chances of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia, and even reverse prediabetes as well as type-2 diabetes.
We constantly communicate with our patients, via WhatsApp, Facetime and Skype – whatever suits you best.
Switching to a diet rich in lean protein, healthy fats, vegetables and salad, pulses and low-fructose fruits, often called a Mediterranean diet, and doing a little bit more of the right type of physical activity is all it takes.
But people need support to do that. That is what we offer.
We are with you every step of the way. Just like we always have been.
Graham Phillips, B,Pharm, Dipp Comm. Pharm FRPharmS community pharmacist & founder, ProLongevity