Are you finding it hard to lose weight even with dieting and exercise? A quick and easy solution that takes just 20 minutes, the weight loss balloon is a non-invasive treatment that helps you feel fuller, thus making you consume less, eventually resulting in weight loss. There’s no such thing as a magic pill for weight loss, but this swallowable weight loss balloon could be your next best alternative. Contained within a swallowable capsule, the gastric balloon pill is administered by certified medical specialists at Defato Hub, which offers holistic weight loss programs. We speak to the team to find out more.
Obesity: a cause for concern
In recent years, Singapore’s obesity rate has been rising. According to The Health Promotion Board (HBP), the prevalence of obesity in Singapore has increased by 0.7 percentage point every year since 2004, reaching nearly 11 percent in 2010. From analysing the past 30 years of weight gain and obesity data, another report in 2017 showed that Singapore could hit a worrying obesity rate of 15 percent by 2024. With more people making the switch to work from home, many have realised that they’re gaining weight, as a result of their sedentary lifestyles.
Being overweight or obese can affect more than just your confidence and self-esteem. Common health risks include diabetes, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases, heart attacks, strokes, and certain forms of cancer.
A quick and non-invasive solution
In the long run, having a healthy diet and regular exercise regime will help you stave off weight gain. If you need a bit of a boost in your weight loss journey but you’re not keen on going under the knife, consider alternative solutions like the Allurion Elipse Balloon. This swallowable, pill-sized, intra-gastric weight loss balloon helps to control food intake. The non-invasive medical device guarantees a 10 to 15 percent of body weight loss in the span of four months, without the need for surgery, anaesthesia or endoscopy.
Since its launch, over 40,000 Allurion Elipse Balloons have been successfully placed worldwide. The Allurion Elipse Balloon can be swallowed in ease with the doctor’s professional guidance and it can be as fast as a 20-minute placement. In fact, there’s a 99 percent success rate of swallowing it, based on recent clinical study with 1623 patients. Contained within a capsule, the deflated balloon is attached to a thin tube called a catheter. You will be asked to swallow the capsule with water.
Once swallowed, an X-ray will be conducted to make sure that the capsule is in place. The balloon will then be filled up with fluid via a catheter. A second X-ray is then conducted to make sure that the balloon is properly filled. Upon confirmation, the tube is gently detached from the balloon and placement is complete. After four months, the gastric balloon will deflate and move out of your bowel system naturally.
The weight loss balloon aims to help you feel fuller, which in turn helps you control your food intake. If you continue to sustain a healthy lifestyle, the weight loss can carry on even after the 12-month mark!
For more information, visit apac.allurion.com/sg.
Written in collaboration with DeFato Hub.
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