An Aberdeenshire man who was diagnosed with diabetes has managed to beat the illness in a matter of months, as he prepares to take part in a new cycling event.
Chapelton resident Steve McLellan (54), was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last December, after years of snacking on crisps, chocolate and chips, while only doing small amounts of exercise.
The diagnosis was a shock to the piping engineer and gave him, and his wife, Joan, the motivation to set themselves a big challenge - to take part in the Chapelton Bike Ride this Sunday, September 4, in the new town located near Newtonhill.
This is the first time that either of the couple has taken part in a cycling event so, in preparation for the 42-mile route, Steve has completely overhauled his diet. joined his local gym, and cycles between 20 to 40 miles, three times a week.
As a result of this training, Steve has managed to lose 20 kilos and, in April, he received the remarkable news that his blood results had improved, meaning that he was no longer at risk of diabetes.
Now he is hoping to tackle the route in under 3.5 hours and raise as much money as possible for North East Sensory Services (NESS) - the Chapelton Bike Ride’s chosen charity.
Steve said: “I feel that the Chapelton Bike Ride has helped to completely change my life. I got such a fright after I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it made me realise that I needed to start looking after myself more, as I was living a very unhealthy lifestyle.
“Signing up to the ride helped to encourage me to get on my bike and start cycling. Once I started training and eating better, the weight just fell off. I couldn’t believe it.
“Of course, the best part is the fact that I am no longer diabetic. I’m so thankful that I set myself the goal of taking part in the Chapelton Bike Ride, it’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to the day and raising lots of money for NESS, which is such a worthy cause.”
Neil Skene, fundraising coordinator for NESS, said: “All of use here are looking forward to cheering on Steve and Joan on the day. It’s going to be a great event and I urge people to come along.”