So why does the NHS advise the complete opposite?
- Geoff Whitington struggled with Type 2 diabetes for more than 10 years
- The 62-year-old father was overweight and faced a possible leg amputation
- Devastated by his lack of will to live, his sons Ian and Anthony took action
Geoff now wants to inspire others to take action. ‘Too many pills are being doled out because the right advice is not getting across,’ he says.
He could be right. Each day, 400 people in Britain are given a diagnosis of Type 2.
The cost of the drugs used to treat the condition increased by £87.6 million to £936.7 million between 2014 and 2015 and every week, 135 people need amputations due to the disease.
Naveed Sattar, a professor of metabolic medicine at Glasgow University, says: ‘There needs to be more clear-cut core guidance for patients and their families on nutrition and lifestyle and how it can make a difference to Type 2 diabetes in a meaningful way.’
Beyond his impressively trim physique Geoff says there has been another unexpected benefit to his change of lifestyle. ‘Before we were all busy and did not have much time for each other,’ he says. ‘Exercising has brought us together.
‘My sons have saved me. That day in Spain, they showed me that the wonderful times we had together as a family didn’t have to end.’
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