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Slimming World member from Haverhill says losing weight has dramatically helped her diabetes and her asthma




A diabetic who reduced her daily insulin intake by an incredible 155 units per day after shedding almost four stone in weight has praised the role played in her achievement by a Haverhill weight loss group.

When, in March 2016, Janet Lavender joined the Wednesday morning Slimming World group run by Tania Watson at the New Croft, she weighed 13st 13.5lbs and was injecting herself with 176 units of insulin every day.

She also had asthma, for which she had a ventolin inhaler and was attending the asthma clinic at the Christmas Maltings surgery in Haverhill on a regular basis.

Janet Lavendar with Tania Watson (5633638)
Janet Lavendar with Tania Watson (5633638)

Now though, the 74-year-old’s weight has dropped to 9st 12lbs and she has been signed off by the asthma clinic, but that is not all, as Janet explained.

With November aptly being Diabetes Awareness Month, Janet, who has two sons and three grandchildren, said: “To be honest, I would recommend Slimming World to anyone because I have no asthma now, they finished me at the asthma clinic.

“I can walk without losing breath, which I wasn’t doing and my insulin intake before I started losing weight was 88 units in the morning and 88 units at night.

“I’m now down to 11 in the morning and 10 at night.

“I can’t tell you how pleased the doctor is with me.”

Janet was diagnosed with diabetes 15 years ago, with the asthma developing not long after that and said she had ‘slowly been gaining weight’.

Her sister joined a Slimming World group in Hereford, where she lives, and advised Janet to follow suit, which she did.

“I’ve never felt this fit,” said Janet, before adding: “Tania is such a great help. She has helped me no end, especially in the beginning.”



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