Accountant Dee Mason, 48, from Filton in Bristol became seriously ill with gestational diabetes while pregnant with her two children, now six and two. Doctors told Dee, who was fit but overweight, that she had non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, indicating that she could go on to develop type 2 diabetes.
Dietitians from Southmead Hospital started Dee Mason on a diet inspired by Diabetes UK-funded research that had shown promise in putting type 2 diabetes into remission.
Thanks to her efforts to shed weight while eating healthily, Dee lost seven stone and dropped seven dress sizes in two years. She also took up walking and training for triathlons and her blood glucose levels are now well within the normal range.
Dee walked during her lunch break and then once a week with friends who were also taking part in The One Million Step Challenge.
She said: “When I walk it gives me time to reflect on all the help I’ve had from the diabetes team at Southmead and how lucky I am to have benefited from research sponsored by Diabetes UK.
“It's not been easy, and I know that I personally will need to maintain the changes that I’ve made, but I feel like I've been given my life back. I want other people to have access to new prevention strategies and treatments for type 2 diabetes, and by raising money for Diabetes UK, I can make my own small contribution to that.”