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Peter's story

I decided to run the bath half marathon as I was diagnosed as Type 2 in April 2018 and it turned my world upside down

"All my hard work has paid off, best part of 5 stone of weight lost and I’m not diabetic anymore"

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Peter's Story

At this point I was just shy of 20 stone and lived on a diet exclusively of takeaways and fizzy drinks and chocolate and was not very active so this led to my diagnosis.

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It was a big shock, I knew what the worst case scenario if I couldn’t sort myself out, a good friend of mine lost part of his leg due to cancer, something he couldn’t have any control over, that could be me if I didn’t pull my finger out, I put myself in this position and I was the only one who would get myself out of it.

 

"I told the nurse the day I was diagnosed I would reverse this."

Initially I started running twice a week and being very careful on my sugar intake, cut all the takeaways out and fizzy drinks. I noticed a massive improvement in both my mental and physical heath, I set my self a plan which meant I was exercising for 5/6 days a week which was a variety of gym work and road running.

In September 2018 I had my review, I was weighing around the 15 stone mark by this point and I was informed that I had reversed the diabetes. All my hard work has paid off, best part of 5 stone off weight lost and not diabetic anymore.

"I’d hope people reading this might take some inspiration for the fact that you can reverse type 2 diabetes, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, I was running 5.30am some days and ran when I was away on my honeymoon!"

This makes me proud to be running the bath half marathon to raise money for diabetes UK.

 

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