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Katy takes the plunge to reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes

Katy Evans is one of thousands of challengers swimming 22 miles, the equivalent of the English Channel, before 22 May.

 

 

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Katy’s mother, Andrea, had Type 2 diabetes. While your family history, age or ethnicity can contribute to your own risk of developing the condition, the biggest risk factor is being overweight or obese.

Katy is taking on the challenge to improve her health and reduce her risk.

Former champion swimmer

It has been 20 years since Katy was regularly in the pool.

Katy said: “Swimming was a huge part of my life. I was a Welsh National champion in five events and swam twice a day. Since I gave it up, I’ve only swum when on holiday.

“I’ve become complacent about my health over the years and I know my weight and my family history means I am at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. I am determined to improve my health and fitness."

Making changes

There are more than 194,000 people living with diabetes in Wales and 90 per cent of these have Type 2 diabetes. But, as many as three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.

Katy continued, “It’s a huge challenge but I know that with enough determination, I can make positive changes to my health.”

You can sponsor Katy on her Just Giving page.

Feeling inspired? There’s still time to sign up to Swim 22. There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.

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