The turning point for David came when his friend had a heart attack.
“I was shocked, I thought to myself I was living with diabetes and this could be me.” So David did more research. This is where he came across the ReTUNE trial.
After getting in touch with the research team, David was asked to come in for an assessment to check if he met all the criteria for taking part in the study. He did.
With support from his medical team, David stopped taking his metformin and was put on a low-calorie diet programme which consisted of formula meal replacements (shakes and soups) and non-starchy vegetables for 2-4 weeks. This was designed to help him lose internal fat stored in and around the liver and pancreas. This was followed by a 4-6 week weight loss maintenance period which involved the gradual reintroduction of normal foods. At all times, David was supported by a medical team as part of the study.
“When I returned to my diabetes specialist, my HbA1c was 42! I was so happy.”
A new outlook
“My health declining is what scared me, really, and made me try and see what can be done. I’ve changed that now, I am in remission and I am very happy.
“I exercise now not because I need to but because I enjoy it – running around with a few less kilos is easier. I love playing with my kids and look forward to a happy and healthy future with my family.”