At his heaviest, Andrew Clayton weighed 26st when he was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
Before his weight loss journey, the 36-year-old would gorge on takeaways, fry ups and foot-long baguettes from a sandwich van.
However, he decided to make a change to his lifestyle and now he plans on running the London Marathon in April.
The Bank of America service director, from Cheshire, has gone from over 26st to just 16st.
“After a visit to my GP and some blood tests I was given a diagnosis of type-2 diabetes”
He said: “After a visit to my GP and some blood tests I was given a diagnosis of type-2 diabetes.
“At the time I weighed over 26st and I knew I needed to make some lifestyle changes. I have lost over 10st since then.”
Andrew, who had a “it won’t happen to me” mindset, believes he deserved his diagnosis.
He changed his diet by cutting out fatty and sugary foods, then swapping them for healthier options.
“My GP said he could count on one hand the amount of people who have reversed a diabetes diagnosis in the 25 years he has been a doctor,” Andrew explained.
Andrew revealed: “I’m looking forward to the challenge though. Running has made a huge difference to my life and my fitness level.
“It’s great to be able to now go out for an eight mile run without feeling wiped out.
“I hope that by supporting Diabetes UK, I can help other people living with the condition.”
Maria Whittaker, the Diabetes UK regional fundraiser, said: “Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without the determination and generosity of our incredible fundraisers.
“We are extremely grateful to Andrew for his hard work – running a marathon is no mean feat.
“The money raised will help fund ground-breaking research, care services and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.”
Andrew will run the London Marathon on Sunday April 28 to support Diabetes UK, to follow his fundraiser visit here.
- Type-2 diabetes
- Weight loss
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