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I’d been overweight for pretty much all of my adult life and, as I hit my 40s, it started to have a huge impact on my health. In 2010 I started taking medication for high blood pressure, and in 2015 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As well as these serious health worries, my weight also affected my ability to do my job as a HGV driver. At my biggest I struggled to connect my trailer and even wear my seat belt.

By August 2016 I was told I also had sleep apnoea and that I wouldn’t live to see Christmas unless I made a change. I was even offered a gastric band but I turned it down as I still wanted to enjoy real food. My GP then offered me 12-weeks of Slimming World group membership through the Slimming World on Referral programme. I decided I had nothing to lose and I haven’t looked back since. 

New friends for life

When I joined my local group in Bedworth I weighed in at 26st 6.5lbs. I was really nervous before walking through the doors of the group for the first time, but it turned out that I had nothing to worry about – everyone was really friendly and welcoming. I actually loved it so much that I decided to keep my membership going, even after my 12-week referral was up. Now I’ve made real friends for life and I wouldn’t miss going to my Slimming World group for anything.

Once I got to grips with Food Optimising, I couldn’t believe how much amazing food I could eat and still lose weight. I switched my diet of fry-ups, takeaways and pastries for homemade healthy meals like spicy chicken, sweet potato wedges and vegetables. The new way of eating enabled me to control my diabetes without worry. 

14 stones later…

I’ve now lost 14st 1lbs and I feel like a new person! Since losing the weight my health has improved drastically. I no longer need to take medication for diabetes or high blood pressure. Small things have really made a difference to my everyday life too. I can run around after my grandchildren, I can put my socks on without sitting down, and I can fit the seat belt of my truck around me without worry. 

Exercise wise, I’ve taken up running and, by building up my distances gradually, I’ve really started to enjoy it. I even finished my first half marathon in September – something I’d never have dreamed of doing before losing weight. Thanks to Slimming World, I now have the life I always wanted and a real future to look forward to.

World Diabetes Day

We’re delighted to share Jason’s inspirational story for World Diabetes Day, alongside this research showing how Slimming World can help those who have type 2 diabetes. At a glance, the findings of a study involving 69 patients who were referred to a Slimming World group include:

  • On average patients lost 5.5% of their starting weight after a year
  • A quarter of patients lost more than 10% body weight
  • Nearly 1 in 10 patients were able to reduce or stop their diabetes medication altogether

If you’ve got any questions about how losing weight could help you manage type 2 diabetes or another health condition, making an appointment with your GP would be a good first step. 

When you’re ready to start your own Slimming World journey, your local group is waiting to welcome you with lots of support and absolutely no judgement. You’ll also find a fantastic friendly Community for online members at Slimming World Online. Together, we can make those important changes for a healthier, happier future. 

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