Diabetes remission is entirely possible and I was able to turn things around in my favour. I was on a trajectory from which I could not turn away as my weight rose steadily over many years. Nothing in particular triggered it. I just liked eating out a lot, loved high-fat and sugary foods and had no portion control.
By 2016, I hit 23st, was wearing size 28 clothes and my health was suffering. If I walked anywhere I’d have to stop because of backache, but I was foolishly terrified of going to the doctors.
In September 2017, I was forced to go. My vision started to blur and l was scared I might lose my sight. The tests confirmed I had high cholesterol and blood pressure – I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes was to be blamed for my blurred vision with a further diagnosis of mild retinal damage.
I was put on medication, referred to a diabetic nurse and sent on a one-day education course. The more I learned, the more I realised I could do something about it myself.
I joined a Weight Watchers program and followed their points to eat healthily and lose weight. I lost 2st in six months and at my next check my diabetes was in remission!
I was even outside the prediabetes range. My retinal damage had healed and my cholesterol and blood pressure were lower. I kept going and I’ve lost more than 5,1/2st in 18 months. I’m a size 18 and I can go for walks as I no longer have a backache.
My weight loss transformed more than just my health, it boosted my confidence too. I now love clothes shopping, have been swimming for the first time in 20 years and say yes to social outings that I used to turn down. Also, I hadn’t travelled because I was scared of being too big for a plane seat or getting ill abroad. Now I’m planning to visit my dad in New York this Christmas.
E341 – Diabetes Remission by Losing Weight – www.diabetic.today