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Diabetes success!

Any of you who have read one of my infrequent posts will know that one of my reasons for starting c25k back in May was an unexpected diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, together with a wish to get fitter following recent retirement at 63. My blood sugar level then was 54 with the diagnosis level being 48 and 42-47 classed as pre-diabetes.

Having completed c25k in July and achieved 10k in October, I am continuing to run 3 times a week – I’ve also changed my diet to reduce carbs and particularly sugar. This has led to a weight loss of about 2 ½ stone over that period.

I’ve recently had my six-month monthly diabetes assessment and my blood sugar level has now reduced to 42 i.e. only one above the normal range. I am sure that achievement has been made possible by the c25k programme and the support from this forum. I am confident that my next blood test will show that the diabetes has been fully reversed! Hopefully this may be helpful to others with a type 2 diagnosis considering this programme.

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That’s fantastic Jonathan! I’m sure you’re next blood will have a great result.

You’re a great example to us all.

All the best, Pam.

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Thanks Pam - much appreciated😀

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That’s just brilliant, we’ll done you! 👏 that’s taken some real determination and strength of character to take that on board and be determined to do something about it. I hope you're telling the medical team of your success. (And anyone else who’ll listen...😂🏃‍♂️)

Medals and a big hug for you 🤗🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅💪👍👏

Mx

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Thanks Madge. I talked about c25k at my assessment and it's great to find out now that all that effort has been worthwhile - as well as the enjoyment that running has brought me!

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WOW, wonderful news!!!!!! 🤩👏🤩👏🤩Congratulations, it is really awesome that you made these great decisions to take care of your health and you have sustained them with such good results!!! You are an inspiration for us all, thanks!!! 🙏

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Thanks Whatnot - I really appreciate that. I see from your profile that you graduated relatively recently and hope your running journey continues to go well 😀

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Thanks, yes, actually I am all chuffed with myself today: I managed to run 5K for the first time!! Yaaaaay!!

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Fantastic!! Well done - it feels great when you finally achieve that, doesn't it? Give yourself a big pat on the back! 😀

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Brilliant news... your hard work has certainly made a huge difference... looks like you’ll smash that text in another few months at the rate you’ve changed it already!

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Thanks UNM - I'm sure I will!

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Brilliant! You should be so proud of your self. I have run diabetes education classes and someone like you would be so inspirational to others diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Don't cut the carbs down too much though, especially when running 👏🏻👏🏻

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Thanks Bright-spark - I've been on one of those classes myself! I'm trying to strike the right balance re carbs and it seems to be working so far.

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Brilliant!

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Hi just spotted your post as I have been diagnosed with pre diabetes level of 43. I started C25K and like you changing my eating habits. Have lost a stone to date and I am now on week 7. I have my re test bloods in about 3 months times I am hoping that this helps

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Hi Nif- sorry to hear about your diagnosis but great that you are taking positive action to address it through diet and exercise, the 2 key areas. You are making fantastic progress and I am sure will find that your test shows an improvement. All the best for your graduation from c25k in a couple of weeks time . 👍😀

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thankyou so much I admire your own determination and I am so pleased to have read your success story. My doctor told me I had what she called a Golden Ticket finding this out before it was too late to do something about it...use it wisely and turn back the clock...keep well and healthy and lets keep the numbers down

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My thoughts exactly. Happy running!

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