An Uddingston woman has managed to reduce her diabetes symptoms to almost normal levels after shedding more than two stone.
May McGill, 72, who attends Uddingston Slimming World, which is currently back together hosting meetings, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes with the doctor telling her she needed to take control of her weight to help manage the condition.
She explained: “Being overweight impacted on so many aspects of my life, from struggling to find clothes that I liked, to not being able to do simple everyday tasks without feeling out of breath. I always felt like I was lacking energy, and like I was on a slippery slope to gaining more and more weight – I didn’t really see a way out.
“The welcome I received from fellow members and my consultant Elaine at my local group was incredible. We share recipes and ideas for getting active, and it’s useful to get tips and great ideas from fellow members. Although this year has undoubtedly been tough for everyone, the motivation I get from the group has helped me stay on track with my weight-loss journey and I feel like I can take on the world now. As a group, we’re closer than ever before.”
With support from her diabetes healthcare team, May followed Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan and swapped takeaways, chocolate, large bowls of sugary cereal, pies and deep fried fish in batter for baked potato with cottage cheese, homemade soup, pizza and chips, frittata, Diet Coke chicken and pasta dishes.
She added: “People think slimming means going hungry, yet it’s not like that at all with this healthy eating plan. I love food and it’s never once felt like I was on a diet – even during lockdown I’ve been able to make whatever is in the supermarket or my store cupboard fit with my diabetes care plan. That’s the beauty of Food Optimising, it’s so flexible with so many foods that we can eat and enjoy freely and recipes to choose from so you never need to go hungry.”
May’s lost a total of 2st 7lbs and has gone from a size 20 to a size 14.
She’s also more active nowadays and has been walking regularly as it is no longer such a struggle.
She said: “Thanks to the changes I’ve made, my health has improved dramatically. My diabetes was controlled by diet and my blood sugar reading is now almost in the normal range and the nurse says I show virtually no symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.
“I’ve got my life back and I couldn’t be happier.”
Elaine, who runs the Uddingston Slimming World group, said: “Looking after ourselves and our health is more important than ever right now, and the changes May has told us about are incredible.
“ I hope her success will inspire other people in Uddingston and Bothwell who’d like to lose weight, improve their health and form new lifestyle habits to take action.
“ For many of us it felt like the pause button was pushed on normal life back in March, but no-one has to put their life on hold and if you’re worried about your weight and feeling alone and desperate, it’s important not to give up.
“Just think, if you join a Slimming World group today you too could feel like a completely new person just like May.”