When Professional Chef Lyndon Wissart was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he was determined that this would not be a life sentence. The thought of spending the rest of his life on medication, with a long list of foods he couldn’t eat, made him think that there must be an alternative.
If it was food that caused the problem in the first place, then surely changing his diet could undo the damage. With his 30 years’ professional knowledge of food, he set about researching what could make a difference. By putting into practice what he learnt, he successfully managed to completely cure himself in just 105 days. In his new book, ‘The Inspired Diabetic’, published by Filament Publishing, he shares his journey and shows how anyone can do the same – if they have the knowledge and determination.
“Working in kitchens all day,” says Lyndon, “I was surrounded with all sorts of tempting foods. My weakness was desserts and, of course, I had to try them to make sure they were alright! When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my blood glucose reading was nearly off the scale at 15.9, and I was experiencing all sorts of unpleasant complications. I didn’t want this to turn into a life sentence, and I certainly didn’t want to spend my life on medication, so I put to use all the knowledge I have gained about food to see what I could do to make a difference. What I achieved amazed me – and my dietitian!”
Lyndon has shared his journey from diagnosis to cured in 105 days in his new book. “I know how devastating a diagnosis can be, but if you think of it as an opportunity, then you are in the right mindset to do something about it. I have proved that with a sensible fitness regime and an intelligent diet based on good information, you too can achieve what I have done.”
Lyndon is now on a mission to share what he has learned and give hope to people who believe they have few choices. He founded Lynspiration as a self-help group to share information and encouragement, and has also embarked on a programme of public speaking and events to share his philosophies and knowledge.
“My story does not have a sugar coating; it goes into all the details of the procedures and tests I had to undergo, and shares what I learned from all the many caring professionals that helped me through them. I am sure that, by reading what happened to me, you will have more than sufficient motivation to make the simple changes you need to make in your life, to avoid going through the same.”
Lyndon Wissart’s book, ‘The Inspired Diabetic’, is available from all good bookshops. For more information, visit www.lyndonwissart.com.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES?
The common symptoms of diabetes
- Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night
- Being really thirsty
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Losing weight without trying to
- Genital itching or thrush
- Cuts and wounds take longer to heal
- Blurred vision
WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Type 2 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).
Who typically gets Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40, though in South Asian people, who are at greater risk, it often appears from the age of 25. It is also increasingly becoming more common in children, adolescents and young people of all ethnicities. Type 2 diabetes accounts for between 85 and 95 per cent of all people with diabetes, and is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity.
In addition to this, medication and/or insulin are often required.
In Type 2 diabetes there is not enough insulin (or the insulin isn’t working properly), so the cells are only partially unlocked and glucose builds up in the blood.
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone. It works as a chemical messenger that helps your body use the glucose in your blood to give you energy. You can think of it as the key that unlocks the door to the body’s cells. Once the door is unlocked, glucose can enter the cells where it is used as fuel.
I have some diabetes symptoms. What now?
If you have any of symptoms of diabetes, you should contact your GP. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have diabetes, but it’s worth checking – early diagnosis, treatment and good control are vital for good health, and reduce the chances of developing serious complications.
For more information about diabetes visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk.