Less than twelve months after being diagnosed with the precursor to type 2 diabetes, Sir Anthony McCoy has announced that he’s reversed it.
He’s not alone in having the condition – the British Medical Journal warns that one in three of us have prediabetes, and without action it can progress to type 2 diabetes. As well as requiring daily management, people who develop this condition can lose up to ten years of their lives.
The diagnosis followed AP’s retirement but as ever, when faced with a challenge, the 20-time Champion Jockey put his mind to it. Through lifestyle changes – including cutting out his beloved choccie biscuits – he turned his health around.
“When I got my first test results back that said I had prediabetes, it shocked me. I’ve been a professional athlete my entire life and wasn’t expecting to see these results. It just goes to show that we’re all vulnerable. However it’s been simple to make the changes I needed to. The test should be accessible to everyone, on a national diabetes screening programme.”
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