Stradbroke mum sees diabetes go into remission, thanks to losing five stone
A Stradbroke mum, who lost five stone walking her dog, has seen her diabetes go into remission.
Gemma Murton, 36, was recently named Woman of the Year 2019 through her Slimming World group in Harleston.
So effective has her programme been, that even her dog Jill, a Jack Russell, has lost weight.
The mother-of-one said: “The diabetes has now gone into remission. Type 2, which I have, is often caused by weight gain and the body stops producing insulin.
“But when the weight is lost, the body can start to produce insulin again.
“I know that is could reverse at any stage, so I need to be careful.”
Gemma said she started to gain weight before her son, Jenson, who is now five, was born.
She entered Slimming World at 17 stone, but, 20 months later, is now a healthier 12 stone.
She has dropped from a dress size 24 to 14 over the same time period.
The healthy lifestyle support group selects a champion at the end of every year, as a motivating factor for members.
Gemma was named as the Woman of the Year for Harleston at the end of August.
“I am feeling a lot better,” said Gemma, who works at Morrisons in Diss.
“I have got more energy and I can do a lot more stuff. I’m not feeling so tired anymore.”
Gemma said she ‘does not want to go back to where she was’ and has thanked those around her for their support.
“I’m hoping to be able to keep it up,” she continued. "My husband, Dean, is so proud of me.”
She added: “My mother, Janice Fuller, died a couple of years ago.
“I think I am partly looking to lose weight to honour her as well.”
Gemma said another motivation is that she and Dean would like to have another child.
She continued: “I am hoping to have another one. It would be easier for me if I was able to lose weight, so that is driving me on, too."