Terry’s story to beat Type 2 diabetes
Terry recently completed our Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in Worcestershire and shares his experiences and results with us.
I have worked hard all my life and now that I am retired, I find out I have pre-diabetes. I was shocked, but I took it as a wakeup call. The doctor had previously told me that there were good, normal, and bad levels of glucose and that I was on the bad side of normal.
The first thing I did was stop having sugar that was added to anything. However, the next blood test showed that my glucose levels had not lowered. I had a phone call from the doctor telling me that I needed to lose weight and the best way to do so was enrolling onto the pre-diabetes prevention programme. I had two pre-conceptions; I was going to eat rice and yogurt for every meal, or run a marathon every other day. Yet, neither of these conceptions were true. The programme is about making small changes that make a big impact. Without this programme, I would be well on my way to Type 2 diabetes. I changed eating habits and started to lose weight in no time. I also cut back on snacks and reduced the number of carbohydrates I was eating. I have almost reached my goal of losing one stone.
The next thing was fitness. I always thought I was fit as I keep myself busy at home doing gardening, painting, and house work for at least 5 to 6 hours a day. With the help of this course I have been able to get fitter through various exercises. I take one half hour fast walk after my main meal and I combine this with my hobby of photography. I also complete the band exercises in a chair whilst having a cup of tea. All the changes that I have made were easy, but more importantly easy to maintain for life.
What was the best part of the programme for you?
The best part for me was that it showed me the way forward with my health and lifestyle. It gave me the means to change the way I live to ensure a healthier me. I was really surprised how everything has changed for me; I have a definite understanding now of what is ‘good and bad for you’.
What was the hardest part of the programme for you?
I found it difficult to set new goals as I’m a doer, not a talker. I’d rather just do things when I feel I need to and complete them as soon as possible, so setting future goals was hard. However that’s just me as an individual, I know this would work well for others.
How has the programme changed your life?
This programme has been a great way for me to implement small changes which lead to a healthier lifestyle. I have implemented the various exercises from the course into my daily routine which is helping to improve my fitness. My aim was to lose one stone in weight and I have nearly reached that goal. Some may say that the hardest part is to keep the weight off, but I’m confident that with the knowledge I have acquired, I will achieve this.
Will you continue to follow the programme now you have finished?
Most definitely. The changes are small, it has been simple to follow and is easy to maintain. It is an easy lifestyle change which keeps me healthy. I will absolutely stick to it.
Would you recommend the programme to others?