WARRINGTON woman Sue Ashcoft has taken part in the One Million Step Challenge for Diabetes UK after finding out she was at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Sue aged 59, decided to take on the challenge after finding out following routine blood tests that she was at high risk of developing the life-long condition.
Sue, a quality development manager, said: “After finding out I was at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, I knew I wanted to make some lifestyle changes. In the past two years I’ve had both of my knees replaced which has made a huge difference to my mobility and after finding out about the One Million Steps challenge, I decided to sign up.”
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. There are an estimated 4.7 million people living with diabetes in the UK. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including sight loss, amputation, kidney failure and stroke. With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.
The One Million Steps Challenge takes place between 1 July and 30 September, and invites people to push themselves out of their comfort zone, by taking one million steps over three months and getting sponsored for every stride.
Sue has been fitting in walks after work and at weekends, in and around Warrington with her husband, Richard and has already surpassed the target having completed over 1,027,000 steps.
She adds: “The challenge has had a huge impact on my life as it has forced me to change my habits. My blood glucose levels have improved and getting out more has given me a better work-life balance. It’s the first step of many to make some real lifestyle changes. I’ve already felt the benefit of getting up and moving more and it’s really spurred me on.”
Maria Whittaker, Diabetes UK Regional Fundraiser, said: “We’re really grateful to Sue for supporting our work to fund ground-breaking research, care services and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.
“The One Million Step Challenge is perfect if you want to take steps towards a healthier you. The money Sue has raised will fund our fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.”
To sponsor Sue visit https://step.everydayhero.com/uk/sue-23
To find out more about diabetes and Diabetes UK visit: www.diabetes.org.uk