ProLongevity is a wellness programme that promotes good health that does involve medication or diets. The programme creates a personal plan for you to lose weight, lower your blood pressure and reverse type-2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. This 8-week process does not involve drugs, diets or calorie counting. The founder of ProLongevity, Graham Phillips discussed the wellness programme with Herts Review and his aspiration to create more awareness on how we can have better, enriched and healthier lives.
If you are overweight or have high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, or diabetes then the ProLongevity programme can help you. It is a personalised service that measures your blood-sugar levels then designs a nutrition and lifestyle plan suited to your unique biology to lower your sugar levels and make you healthier in just 8 weeks. No pills are involved and if you are already taking pills the programme is designed to get you off pills.
The stats do not make good reading. According to the Medical Research Council (MRC), more than 3.9 million people live with diabetes in the UK. Around 700 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day. Since 1996, the number of people with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled from 1.4 million to 3.3 million. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) estimates that 4 million people are living with unrelated high blood pressure. In the UK, 31% of adults are clinically obese and 63% of adults are overweight or obese according to Health Survey for England (HSE).
“Based on the data, the outlook is not great. It shows that people are getting fatter and sicker. There are more heart attacks, more cardiovascular diseases, and more diabetics. Unfortunately, the NHS has spent its massive budget throwing pills at the problem which has not worked. More people are taking more pills today than ever in the history of mankind. There is little investment in preventive healthcare even though it is clear that conventional medicine is not working”.
“A lot of these problems are a result of poor diet based on processed foods instead of real food. In addition there is a lack of education on sleep, exercise, and proper nutrition. There are lots of programmes promoting diet plans, calorie counting and asking people to deprive themselves of food. These are not based on fact and do not work in the long run as they are unsustainable. If you look back 120 years ago, we did not have these problems. Our message in ProLongevity is simple. Each person has a unique body type so there is no one solution fits all model. However, each person can have a plan based on good nutrition, sleep, and exercise to largely prevent these problems.
ProLongevity was launched 3 years ago by Graham. Graham is an award-winning Pharmacist that has been in practice for over 35 years. “I come from a family of Pharmacists. My father was a Pharmacist, and my son is a Pharmacist as well. I have been a community pharmacist for a long time. Through the Manor Pharmacy Group, we have established several independent pharmacies within St Albans and Hertfordshire. We have won numerous awards and have been recognised locally and globally for excellence. As a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, I have played a leadership role in the pharmacy profession for nearly 2 decades”.
“As community pharmacists our daily level of engagement with the local community is high. There are an estimated 1.6 million visitors to community pharmacies daily. For a while, I felt that medication was not giving patients the right relief. Instead of seeing improvement in patients they become more dependent on pills. Many of our treatments are based on symptoms. They don’t treat the problem instead they mask the symptoms. We can see this with blood pressure and diabetic treatments. This led me into further research into the root causes of the problem”.
“It turns out good health is 80% lifestyle and 20% genetics. If you switch to a better lifestyle you can have a longer, active, and healthier life. This is easier said than done. Therefore, ProLongevity is a solution offering a personalised lifestyle approach to help prevent so many lifestyle-related diseases. For instance, if you know what increases your sugar level then you can avoid it thereby making better choices”.
With the ProLongevity Service, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is attached to your arm. It does not go into the blood just the fluid around the cells. CGM is easy to apply. Each sensor lasts for 2 weeks and it communicates with an app on your smartphone that sends information to a server. The information can always be assessed which enables you take control of your health. The data from the CGM is used to analyse what causes a spike in blood-sugar. As everyone is different there are individual plans for each person. There have been lots of success stories from patients and people in the medical profession.
This does feel like Graham betraying the healthcare profession he has been in all his life and contributed so much to? “Perhaps, but now I have discovered the truth I can’t be quiet about it. My biggest regret is that I did not know this 30 years ago. The NHS funding a pill for each illness is largely unsustainable. The annual NHS budget is £140 billion while Public Health is £4 billion, and more people are worse off with their health. We are living longer statistically but it is not an active and healthy life. That is why most of our elderly are in care homes”.
“Our solution will save the health service billions of ££s. We know big pharma and the food industry with their vested interests will be unhappy with this as they would lose out. We need a complete review of our medical training programmes as conventional medicine as practiced today is not working. Of course, big pharma trains the doctors while the global food companies train the dieticians so there is a lot of work to be done to reverse this process”.
“We are not alone. 1% of health professionals agree with our message and have adopted similar methods to patient treatment. In addition, the Public Health Collaboration is promoting a real food lifestyle campaign which advices real foods to eat and fake foods to avoid. I urge everyone to visit their website. I have been speaking with General Practitioners (GP), General Medical Council (GMC) and various medical bodies. There are other international affiliations as well. It is important we get this message out there. Everyone in this country should know this”.
“At ProLongevity, we are just a small team with a small group of people. This message needs to be national and international. We are adopting various online and offline platforms to increase our footprint. I encourage people to visit our website and follow us on Facebook. Share our content across your various social media profiles. We recently received a government grant to scale using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Apps. This should complement what we are currently doing”.
If you are pre-diabetic, have type-2 diabetes, blood pressure problems or other related problems contact the ProLongevity team here. Also visit the Public Health Collaboration website here for nutritional advice.