‘“I was worried about ‘failing’ the programme but this God-send programme has got me to where I am now. I’m off all the medications, more than10kg lighter and feeling more active and better each day. The Diabetes Clinic Team has guided me through each step, the doctors advice is so useful, and the education regarding food and what to watch out for, is brilliant. I am just so grateful.”
Diabetes for decades and no longer, Changing course for a healthier, longer life
It’s easy for the high prevalence of a disease to become accepted by a community. This is something that Coleen’s people are facing with type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that her Pacific Island community are amongst the highest rates of type 2 diabetes and it continues to rise. But changing course is possible and Coleen is the proof needed to give hope.
Coleen, 53, was diagnosed with prediabetes in her early 30’s. As the years passed her diabetes took its usual course with disease progression, a rising HbA1c and increasing medications culminating in the need for insulin injections next if something didn’t change. With associated metabolic issues of weight gain and high blood pressure, Coleen was on the vicious cycle of diabetes that takes hold and denies a long, healthy life.
By the time Coleen was on 12 pills a day and insulin injections were imminent, she found the motivation to find another way. Like many, she had read online that type 2 diabetes could be reversed but wasn’t at all sure if this was true. What she was sure of was that to achieve any change, she would need the right advice and 24/7 support.
The Diabetes Clinic Online programme appealed to Coleen because of its step-by-step approach that has the support of a doctor and health professionals on hand. Coleen joined the 12 month programme, determined to avoid insulin, get off all medications and reverse her diabetes. Goals that, if achieved, would change her life completely.
Coleen hasn’t looked back! Now 12 months on, she is no longer diabetic and has come off all medications with her doctor’s support. By the 7 month mark her HbA1c went from a whopping 95 to below 38 mmol/L, reversing her diabetes. Additionally she has lost over 10kg and now sit within a healthy weight range for her height and frame.
Coleen shares, “I was worried about ‘failing’ the programme but this God-send programme has got me to where I am now. I’m off all the medications, more than10kg lighter and feeling more active and better each day. The Diabetes Clinic team has guided me through each step, the doctors advice is so useful, and the education regarding food and what to watch out for, is brilliant. I am just so grateful.”
Coleen hopes to help inspire people in her Pacific Island community to take steps toward turning diabetes around. She hopes that more people will choose to take control and change course, by getting the correct help that’s available. She knows of others following the traditional advice and not improving.
Coleen achieved so much in just 6 months and used the remaining months to lock in these changes, consolidate her learning and improve her health even more. She wants others to know they do not have to live with diabetes like she did for more than 20 years.
In fact, she says that reversing her diabetes wasn’t hard, she just needed the right advice and support and found it with this programme, “Wow, where would I be now without the programme and the help from the team. From the bottom of my heart I thank you so much for everything you have helped me with. I look forward to the best health possible for me.”
Without a doubt, that’s a longer, healthier life free from diabetes and a success story sure to inspire her community.
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