We have had some amazing coverage for #DiabetesAwarenessWeek this year. And some great pieces written about #TheFastFix AND www.befreeoftype2d.co.uk and about me as Dan Sodergren as the founder of one and the successful participant in the other :)
What I found stunning is the difference in the writing of the pieces. So am going to show them all in our blog and link to them.
Dan Sodergren took part in the ITV documentary Fast Fix
A man who grew up in Nottingham has said that curing his own Type 2 diabetes was the 'hardest thing' he has ever done.
After being diagnosed in November 2017, Dan managed to reverse his diabetes through changes to his diet and lifestyle alone. Now the 42-year-old has set up his own not for profit organisation to help other people suffering with type two diabetes.
Speaking of his diagnosis, Dan said: "You can be pre-diabetic for a long time. The damage to your body could have been there for ages. It's like running a dirty engine for ages and ages, they found my type two diabetes by accident really. As soon as the doctor said it, he said we'll put you on these drugs but for me the easiest thing to do was to take action straight away."
"So I just went on to the internet because I wanted to look again at the evidence that I could remember," he added.
Dan changed his diet to low calorie meals and zero sugar, as well as drinking more water and exercising more regularly. He drank shakes and had a liquid diet while staying in a house with four other people for the ITV documentary, The Fast Fix, where they were filmed for eight hours a day.
He said: "You basically eat yourself from the inside out, it was harrowing. You are only allowed to eat 800 calories a day, which is starvation technically at 600 calories."
"I was hit by a car when I was 16, I have crashed a kite when I was kite surfing in Mexico and nearly broke my back and this was the hardest thing I have ever done."
But... It changed his life.
So much so he has started a non for profit organisation Be Free Of Type 2 D to help professionals do what he did and reverse #Type2Diabetes.
"This is my purpose now because there are so many people with Type 2 diabetes and it can make such a change. It's actually a much easier change than people might think. It's about re-engineering how people think about food. It's really aimed at professionals that want to reverse Type2 and get better very quickly," he added.
Professor John New, consultant physician in diabetes and obesity at Salford Royal Hospital said: "I like the treatment an awful lot, what Dan has tried to do in taking people on a retreat away from things is great. I can only agree with it to help certain people, but there are some people who can't always cure their Type 2 Diabetes."
"Unfortunately some people have a very good diet and have type two diabetes and I don't want those people to think they haven't done enough. We have been trying it for years in Manchester and it demands an awful lot of willpower from the patient's point of view."