Diabetes Awareness Month: How I lost nine stone and put type 2 diabetes into remission

Jack Woodfield
Tue, 06 Nov 2018
Diabetes Awareness Month: How I lost nine stone and put type 2 diabetes into remission
Today's Diabetes Awareness Month success story is about a man who remarkably lost nine stone and put his type 2 diabetes into remission.

Simon Dando had HbA1c levels of 82 mmol/mol (9.7%) when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He suspected he had type 2 prior to his diagnosis, but didn't want to accept it.

When he developed an infection that wouldn't heal properly he ended up at hospital which is when he was diagnosed.

Upon his diagnosis, Simon wasn't given much dietary information. "I was just told that I needed to go on a diet and lose weight. But I wasn't really given much information about what sort of diet that should be, or the types of foods I needed to eat," he said.

Simon realised he needed to change his lifestyle. "I did a lot of research and scoured the internet and saw that lots of people were achieving impressive results on low carb. That's when I discovered the Low Carb Program, it looked really helpful and the weekly videos made it easy to follow. I’ve managed to stick to it."

Since joining the Low Carb Program Simon has lost nine stone and reduced his HbA1c to 23 mmol/mol (4.3%). He’s been able to put his type 2 diabetes into remission.

"My motivation is knowing that if I go back to my old lifestyle then I'd probably risk more health complications. I've got a daughter who's 17 and I want to stay around for a long time to see her grow up."

Simon is one of our Low Carb Champions, and a testament to how cutting out sugar and adopting a real-food diet can have significant benefits for our health. You can read his full story here.

We will be showcasing a diabetes community success story every day throughout Diabetes Awareness Month. Visit our News section to view the case studies we've featured so far.

You can also keep updated with the Diabetes Awareness Month campaigns we are running this month on our social media pages.
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