After losing 2 1/2 stone using a simple calorie diet with the object of reducing my weight to alleviate my knee problem. Having lost that weight I was very self satisfied so I was shocked to be diagnosed as pre diabetic and was referred to Weight Watchers (WW) by the NHS. I will admit to being a bit sceptical, having done all sorts of diet for years and subsequently put weight back on. From day one it felt better and more likely to succeed in changing my lifestyle. My blood sugar has now been pronounced as normal. My blood pressure is much lower and I am now taking less tablets.
I thought that losing weight and exercising would prevent type 2 diabetes. However I was soon made aware that what you eat is important, and WW was there to help me through. I have been a dieter for 50 years and it has never stuck for more than a few months. Since joining WW I have found it easy to lose weight and even easier to keep it off. I now don’t think about what to eat and keep a track with the app. Having lost I 1/2 stone since starting the course,1 am now on a maintenance regimen varying by about 1/4 pound per week. The up side, I am happy to say, is that my BMl is well within the healthy range, I am no longer pre diabetic and taking less blood pressure tablets. Although I am on a list for a knee operation, I now no longer need it.
The downside is that my waist size is lower than it has been for 60 years and its going to cost me a fortune in new clothes when lockdown ends.
I am now eating healthily and realise that I will be able to carry on that way for the rest of my life. Thank you NHS and WW for changing my life for the better. With personal determination and your support and guidance I can look forward to a much longer and happier life.
If you are concerned about Type 2 Diabetes find out ‘your risk’ so that you can do something about it with support from your local Healthier You service. Visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk it’s quick and free or call your GP.