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"Local group helped turn the tide on my type 2 diabetes"

Mike Deane

The founder of our South Bristol group has put his own type 2 diabetes in remission, thanks in large part to the support it has given him.

When Mike Deane, 75, was diagnosed with the condition 18 years ago, it was a wake-up call. He changed his lifestyle, taking up walking, giving up smoking and eating more healthily. When Diabetes UK and local health professionals called on people in the South Bristol area to form a support group in 2011, Mike jumped at the chance and became not only a founder member but also its chair.

He said: “Belonging to the group and chairing it has given me great satisfaction. I have gained good insights into how to live with diabetes and also to help other people through sharing stories and education. Health care professionals often come to our meetings to talk about various aspects of diabetes, such as the latest research or diabetic eye screening.

“Just as important, I have made good friends in the group and we all support each other to manage our diabetes as best we can and help each other through the difficult times. There’s nothing like sharing your tips and experiences when you live with a challenging condition like diabetes.”

Thanks to Mike’s efforts to take control of his type 2 diabetes and the knowledge and friendship he has found at the South Bristol Diabetes UK group, he has lost five stone and his blood glucose levels are now in the normal range. He no longer has to prick his fingers to test his blood sugar or take any medication for diabetes.

What's more, another man in the group has succeeded in putting his type 2 into remission thanks to lifestyle changes, proving how valuable peer support can be.

The South Bristol group is keen to attract new members. For further information, please email Mike Deane or call him on 07494 849739, or contact Sandra on 01179 309986.

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