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Fundraising for
research is a big
part of the
charity's work

Diabetes data

More than 3.8 million
people live with the
condition in the UK. 90%
have Type 2 diabetes and
the remaining 10% have
unpreventable Type 1.

for a diabetes charity that organises
diabetes wellness events to help people
have a better understanding and learn
good diabetes self-management skills
meant Claire had, perhaps, a better
than average knowledge about the
changes she could make.
Weight loss and increased exercise
can make a huge difference, so Claire
adopted a healthy eating plan and
started a regular exercise programme
with a personal trainer. The eating plan
included lots of fresh vegetables, lean
protein and good carbohydrates, plus
limiting alcohol intake to no more than
two units a day. She also found The
Eatwell Guide, developed by the
Department of Health and available
online, useful. It reminds us all to eat
at least five portions of fruit and
vegetables a day, wholegrain and higher
fibre carbohydrates with less added fat,
salt and sugar, more beans and pulses
and at least two portions of fish per
week, including an oily fish and less red
and processed meat.
Over the next few months, Claire saw
a dramatic change in her HbA1c. In May
it had fallen to 41 (mmol/mol) and she
had lost a stone in weight. By the end of
June, she had shed a further stone and
her HbA1c was at 20 (mmol/mol) and

LIVING WITH DIABETES? THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING IS TO LEARN GOOD
SELF-MANAGEMENT SKILLS
her GP gave her the good news that she
could stop taking the Metformin. Her
eyesight returned to pre-diagnosis
performance and she was no longer
thirsty all of the time.
A thrilled Claire says: 'I'm delighted
that I've been able to reverse my type 2
diabetes in a relatively short period of
time. I feel fitter, healthier and have
more energy in my day-to-day activities.
The fantastic support I received from
family, friends and work colleagues
made a real difference over the six
months. I'm determined to lose even
more weight through exercise and
healthy eating.
'I'm a grandmother to two beautiful
girls and want to play an active part in
their lives - being a fit and fabulous
granny at 60 and beyond!'
Claire knows that she has only
reversed her Type 2 diabetes and will
need to continue with her new healthy
lifestyle and keep the weight off to
maintain this. Over time, Claire's
diabetes might reappear as it can be a
part of the ageing process, but Claire
knows the longer she maintains her new
regime, the healthier she will be.
For anyone living with diabetes, the
most important thing is to learn as much
as possible about the condition. Good

self-management skills really do help
to make it easier to live with every day
- and Claire is living proof.
The Diabetes Research & Wellness
Foundation is a UK-wide charity. For
nearly 20 years, it has focussed on
educating people living with all forms
of diabetes, as well as funding research.
The website (see below) is an excellent
source of information and includes links
to NHS Standard Accredited diabetes
information leaflets, written by
healthcare professionals. There's also
a monthly newsletter, the Diabetes
Wellness News, available to members.
The charity also offers Diabetes
Wellness Events in three locations in
England - South, Midlands and North
- to help as many people as possible to
learn more about this condition from
diabetes specialists.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call 02392 637808
Visit drwf.org.uk
Email enquiries@drwf.org.uk


https://www.drwf.org.uk/

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