Research busts myth that patients with diabetes can’t lose weight

Case study

Dave Lancaster, 45, a Slimming World member who lives in Warwick and is Slimming World’s Man of the Year, lived with type 2 diabetes, but saw his condition go into remission after losing more than 20st.

“At my heaviest I suffered from a long list of health complaints, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, crippling joint pain, high cholesterol, the beginnings of gout and sleep apnoea. I found it difficult to walk to the end of my road and I went out so rarely except for work that I was close to becoming a recluse, and I was nearing almost complete immobility. It felt as though as I was getting bigger and bigger, my world was gradually shrinking.

“So in April 2016 I bit the bullet and joined my local Slimming World group, run by my former neighbour Angie Baker. As I walked through the door, Angie instantly recognised me.

“The following day I filled my cupboards with healthy ingredients and began to embrace Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan with vigour, cooking a range of dishes including stir-fries, salads and pasta from scratch. Inspired by the other members in my group, I also began walking around my local park.

“Thanks to the changes I’ve made my health has improved dramatically and I no longer need to take any medication. My blood sugar reading is now in the normal range and the doctor says I show no symptoms of type 2 diabetes. I’ve got my life back and I couldn’t be happier. The world isn’t shrinking anymore; it’s getting bigger and bigger by the day!”

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*Read the full paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/edm2.45

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