Supporting Thomas in the Great North Run!

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Supporting Thomas in the Great North Run!

Thomas Owen, a paramedic based in Cambridge is taking part in the Great North Run in September to help raise money for Diabetes UK following his own experience being diagnosed with diabetes.

In 2015, Thomas was admitted for hospital after suffering from sepsis for a two-week stay which led to him being diagnosed with diabetes.

Knowing the long term health effects that can come with the diagnosis, such as cardiovascular disease, he worked hard to keep his sugar levels under control but last year they began to increase, and he knew he had to do more to reduce the long-term risks.

“I made a concerted effort to start a low carb high fat diet and started running regularly, completing the Cambridge half marathon in March.” Said Thomas.

“Since starting, I have reduced both my cholesterol and hba1c levels which has helped me stop medication for diabetes.”

Diabetes can cause many additional health problems, and Thomas is working hard to raise awareness about the disease.

He said: “I want to run for Diabetes UK as I feel more research and funding is vital to help combatting the condition.

I have decided to run the Great North half marathon as it will be a new challenge for me.”

If you would like to help fundraise for Thomas and Diabetes UK, you can visit Thomas’ Just Giving page here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Thomas on Thomas.Owen@eastamb.nhs.uk.

Published 12th June 2019

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