A former councillor from Hadleigh has spoken of his fears after he was recognized with Sort 2 diabetes on the finish of 2020, aged simply 41.
Dad Trevor Clarke, who has lived within the city for his complete life, stated his prognosis simply earlier than Christmas final yr “was a shock” and he instantly made adjustments to his way of life to try to reverse his prognosis.
Discovering out he had Sort 2 diabetes was notably worrying for him, as he has sturdy childhood reminiscences of his grandfather having his legs amputated as a result of the situation.
The store employee, who’s well-known from his job at Partridges within the city, stated his diabetes was picked up as a part of a routine verify on the docs – however he had not skilled any signs. Checks confirmed that Mr Clarke’s blood sugar ranges had been very excessive.
Mr Clarke stated: “In fact at Christmas you get all of your sweets and all of your naughty stuff, so it was a little bit of a shock to the system.
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“Diabetes runs in my household anyway and crucial factor for me is my grandad misplaced his legs to diabetes, he had his legs amputated and that’s how I bear in mind my grandad, in a wheelchair with no legs.”
With the help of his spouse Sarah Jane and seven-year-old daughter Laura, Mr Clarke has now signed up for one million steps stroll for Diabetes UK to assist him get fitter and as a manner of elevating cash for others with the situation.
It is possible for you to to see him pounding the pavements round Hadleigh, often strolling three to 5 miles a day, which he stated he has “by no means achieved in his life earlier than”.
Since making wholesome adjustments to his way of life Mr Clarke’s sugar ranges have gone down dramatically and he has misplaced a stone in weight.
He stated: “I’ve all the time been chubby anyway so I knew I needed to change my weight loss plan, change all the pieces actually to shed extra pounds and be more healthy.
“It simply reveals you’ll be able to flip issues round, you’ll be able to change your methods, I’ve much more vitality and I really feel much more upbeat.”
You may observe Mr Clarke’s progress and make a donation to Diabetes UK, here on his fundraising page.
Throughout his Hadleigh walks Mr Clarke typically clothes up as youngsters’s Disney favorite Olaf from Frozen. He’s now on the lookout for recommendations of what to decorate up as subsequent, let him know your recommendations by emailing – Trev@clarkesevents.uk.