An accountant from Luton has embarked on a journey to better health after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes this year at the age of 31.
Adnan Ahmed took on the 1 Million Step Challenge for Diabetes UK after realising he needed to immediately overhaul his lifestyle to improve his health.
“I weighed nearly 24st. I had all the symptoms of the condition as I was thirsty all the time, going to the toilet a lot and was very tired,” said Adnan.
“I did know I was at risk due to my weight and the condition runs in my family, but it was still a real shock when I was actually diagnosed.
“I was determined to do something about it and try to bring my diabetes under control quickly and ultimately see if I can put it into remission.”
With this in mind Adnan completed the three month walking challenge - which invites people to push themselves out of their comfort zone, by taking one million steps over three months and getting sponsored for every stride - in September.
Adnan took around 10,000 steps every day and watched his weight drop as he not only moved more, but stuck to a healthier diet and cut out sugary drinks.
Adnan has really reaped the benefits of his lifestyle change and has already lost nearly three stone in weight since the start of the challenge.
“I feel so much better and am going to continue my journey to a healthier me and encourage my family to take part next year too,” added Adnan.
“If I can do it then anyone can, it was tough at first, but got easier as time went on. At my check up last week my doctor told me that my glucose readings are now in the normal range. I’m very happy with this news.”