Weight-loss injection which suppresses appetite is now available at Boots – Leicestershire Live

More than 35 million people in the UK are either overweight or obese, according to official figures res which make Britain the most obese nation in all of Europe.

A recent NHS report found that over 60 percent of adults in England are at risk of developing chronic health problems due to their weight.

In 2020, 67 percent of men and 60 percent of women were either overweight or obese. Perhaps most worryingly, 20 percent of Year 6 children were classed as obese.

UK-wide NHS costs attributable to overweight and obese individuals are projected to reach £9.7 billion by 2050, according to official Government statistics.

Meanwhile, diabetes, type 2 of which is often by-product of being overweight, already costs the NHS £1.5million per-hour.

But more treatments than ever are now available for those looking to shed excess weight, combined with a balanced diet and moderate exercise.

In what doctors are describing as a ‘game changer’, the NHS and now pharmacies can prescribe a weight-loss jab to tackle the obesity crisis.

How does the weight-loss jab work?

For the first time, people can achieve through medicine what was only possible through weight-loss surgery.

Saxenda works by mimicking a hormone called GLP1, that is released after eating a filling meal.

By posing as the hormone, the jab suppresses your appetite, meaning you will hopefully eat less.

Saxenda is injected once a day under the skin, recommended to be administered to the abdomen, the front of your thighs or your upper arm. It gets to work almost immediately and you should see the effects within two weeks.

When combined with a low fat food plan and modern levels of activity, users of Saxenda should expect to lose 5 percent of their body weight over three months.

However, it is important to stress that Saxenda is a weight-loss aid and not a cure that works without major dietary and lifestyle changes.

How to get weight-loss jab at pharmacies

To get access to the weight-loss jab at the likes of Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy, you have to meet certain criteria that changes depending on the individual.

In most cases you have to be 30 or above on the Body Mass Index scale and tried other methods of losing weight before being accepted for Saxenda.

You can apply for an quick online consultation here, where you will be asked questions just like a traditional appointment at you GP.

The questionnaire asks you about your medical history and symptoms. Your answers help their experts assess your suitability for treatment.

If accepted, you can pick up your jabs in store or have them delivered for free to your home. Saxenda comes in a 3ml pre-filled injection pen, with a single pen lasting 17 days and a pack of three covering 4.5 weeks.

A pack of three pens costs £150, while a pack of five is priced at £240.

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