I am 64. Four months ago I was, and had been for many years, obese, dependent on alcohol, suffering from depression, sedentary and had diabetes type 2. Due to those factors, making any changes was, I thought, nigh on impossible.
I thought I was trapped in to diabetes. I have already done irreparable damage to the soles of my feet, and further damage to my body seemed inevitable. But, as I have discovered, it is possible to escape from diabetes. If I had known what I know now, I might followed the course I am on sooner. I would love to give other diabetes sufferers some hope by publicising what has happened to me.
One evening, four months ago, for some reason, I thought ‘I can’t go on like this. I need to do something about my problems’. So the next day, I decided to give up alcohol, control my eating, and start exercising. I didn’t stop to think about these decisions because I knew that if I did, I wouldn’t be able to follow them through.
Four months on, I haven’t had any alcohol. I thought that this would be very difficult, but actually, for me, it hasn’t been. I don’t miss it at all. I now limit my eating to three meals a day - and no snacking - and to a maximum of 1400 calories a day. Again, this hasn’t been as difficult as I imagined. The day after my decision, I signed up to a local gym. It was the first time I had ever been into a gym, and it seemed very daunting, but the staff have been very helpful and encouraging. I started off doing the most that I could, and have progressed to exercising very strongly.
In that period, I have lost nearly four stone (56lbs) and I am no longer obese; I feel, and am, fit and healthy. I am on track to lose another two stone (28lbs), which I will do in about two months. I no longer have depression; I feel enervated and positive.
After Christmas, I went for my quarterly diabetic check up. Much to my amazement, all my my measurements, including cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure, are now completely normal. I no longer have diabetes. I didn’t know that this was possible, and I wish that I had known. My life has been turned around, in a very positive way.
I really thought I was the last person who could do what I have done. I hope that my story can encourage other diabetes sufferers to improve their lot.