Five years on, Bob Swindell is a changed man.
The 48-year-old was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2013 and is now a prime example of how physical activity can help manage long-term health conditions.
That’s why we’ve allocated £1.3 million to members of the Richmond Group of Charities for a series of pilot projects that could improve the health of millions of people.
Diabetes UK is one of the eight charities that will benefit from the funding, with Bob a shining light of how exercise can improve the lives of those with the disease.
people in England have at least one common long-term health condition
Since diagnosis, he has lost weight and now uses exercise and diet to control his diabetes to such an extent that he no longer has to use medication.
Running has been the key for Bob, and he champions parkrun as one way people with diabetes can build activity into their lives.
“I’d be the first to admit that I didn’t have the healthiest lifestyle,” he revealed. “I’d been feeling run down, was unfit and had been putting on weight for years.
“But it was using the Know Your Risk tool at a Diabetes UK roadshow event that gave me the nudge I needed to see my GP and begin making some changes to my health.
“My diagnosis came as a shock but without it who knows what my health would be like today, or what serious complications I may have faced.”
Bob is among the 15 million people living in England with one or more common long-term health condition.