The Middlesbrough pensioner was told she no longer classes as having the condition after a year of training at a local gym.
When Elizabeth Nevison was diagnosed with type two diabetes, she knew she needed to get active.
The Middlesbrough pensioner could only last for three minutes on the cross trainer when she started exercising at the Neptune Centre in Berwick Hills, last June.
But she persevered and has now been told she no longer classes as a diabetic.
She visited a doctor and was referred to Everyone Active, who run the centre, by Middlesbrough Public Health and started a tailor made exercise programme with staff Ste Eccles and Val Jones.
Elizabeth said: “Both Ste and Val were on hand every step of the way to offer support and guidance. They were incredibly reassuring throughout the programme and were able to talk me through each exercise and piece of apparatus.
“When I started the 12-week programme, I couldn’t stay on the cross trainer for more than three minutes.
“With the help of Everyone Active I can now use the cross trainer for 30 minutes and I have lost nearly three stone. I feel the most confident I have in years and I have managed to combat diabetes altogether.”
Middlesbrough Public Health Exercise Referral Scheme helps those with long-term health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis to improve their condition through physical activity.
Colleagues at Everyone Active’s leisure centres support the scheme, are on hand to offer expert advice to those on the programme and design bespoke exercise plans to suit their needs and abilities.
Regular physical activity can benefit heart health, help to maintain a healthy weight and improve muscle and joint function. Not only this, but regular exercise can help to manage existing medical conditions as well as prevent future health complications.
Elizabeth continued: “I was extremely nervous when I first attended the gym, but I was made to feel at ease right away. I would urge anyone in a similar position to get in touch with Everyone Active and see how the scheme could help them.”
Paul Ayre, Everyone Active’s Contract Manager said: “We are extremely proud of what Elizabeth has achieved and we are delighted that she overcome diabetes. Our goal is to encourage the local community to become more active and lead a healthier lifestyle. I would encourage anyone suffering from a medical condition to find out more about the ways we can help them.”