THIS time last year Karl Duke was a different man.
Depressed, with bi-polar disorder, he struggled to leave the house. He lived from day to day on junk food and energy drinks.
Last year, Karl Duke lived on junk food and energy drinks, barely left the house and struggled with depression and bi-polar disorder[/caption]
Today Karl, 30, is happy and healthy, a graphic designer and website manager.
“I felt clearer and calmer. For the first time in years I had some confidence.
“I have read that someone with schizophrenia was helped by a similar diet, as her symptoms became less and less severe. I can believe it. My symptoms are all but gone.”
Since shedding an impressive 7st and counting, Karl feels healthier and happier than ever, and has gone on to land his dream job[/caption]
He wants younger people to know that ‘diabetes is not the beginning of the end, but an opportunity for a new beginning’[/caption]
Yet he only started on the plan in March this year. He had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in August 2017 but was in denial.
He might have stayed that way if it wasn’t for an alarmingly high average blood glucose reading (HbA1c) of 104. Anything over 48 is classified as diabetic.
He went straight to Google, where he found the diabetes.co.uk forum.
He immediately swapped takeouts and sugary drinks for low-carb meals and has shed 7st and counting.
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The regime has improved his sleep, reduced his waist measurement from 54in to 44in and normalised his average blood glucose reading to 30, which means his type 2 diabetes is in remission and he no longer needs medication.
He says: “It was nowhere near as tough as I’d thought it would be. The variety and choice is huge, I’m rarely hungry and I don’t feel I’m missing out at all.”
He has discovered a gift for cooking and loves steak dishes. His sweet tooth has gone and a small handful of berries or some 90 per cent dark chocolate do for a snack.
For the first time in six years, he felt confident enough to go for, and get, the job he had so wanted.
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He is now looking forward to a bright future but remembers only too well feeling that his young life was over.
Karl, from Hull, who is single, says: “I want younger people to know diabetes is not the beginning of the end, but an opportunity for a new beginning.
“You can live a full life with it. In fact, you can live an even better life with it, given all you learn, you just have to know how to manage it.”
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