After living with type 2 diabetes for a decade, Ann Geoghegan was used to feeling exhausted all the time, struggling with her weight and failing to control her blood sugar levels.
‘My vision was also becoming blurry, which was worrying, but I didn’t think things would ever change,’ says Ann, 70, from Southport, Merseyside.
Yet within just three months, she has reduced her blood sugar levels by a third, is the lightest she’s been for 20 years (dropping 1st 4lb) and feels more clear-headed, energetic and positive.
What may surprise many people is that this is not down to any new drug but to simple changes to her eating regimen — in particular, losing weight by following a low-carb diet. And the benefits for Ann go way beyond just feeling slimmer and mentally sharper.
Her GP, Dr David Unwin, who has been pioneering the low-carb approach to treating type 2 diabetes at his practice in Southport since 2013, says: ‘Losing weight by adopting a low-carb regimen can not only improve your diabetes control but also your life expectancy.’