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How cutting carbs helped diabetic John finally conquer his high blood sugar – AND climb a mountain!

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

The Mail +

Published on June 7, 2021



Over the past two weeks, we have followed the journey of John Neary, who, like millions of people, is middle-aged, overweight and battling type 2 diabetes. Given a stark warning he was facing loss of sight, kidney problems and an early grave, the father-of-three was forced to take control of his health. In the final episode of an unmissable three-part series exclusive to Mail+, we continue to follow his warts and all video diary – and very practical method of getting his blood sugar under control. By monitoring his levels before and after every meal, John begins to see the very real effect carbs such as bread, pasta and potatoes are having on his blood sugar readings. Simple swaps reveal that cutting these carbs can take his blood sugar into the acceptable range, whereas indulging in them can cause the readings to skyrocket. We also follow John’s battle with temptation in a house filled with crisps and chocolate (pictured above). However, John has learnt many things on his journey: not only that when he snacks he isn’t actually hungry, just bored, but the very real impact exercise can have on his blood sugar levels. Even better, after adopting regular walking, cycling and tennis lessons, the 59-year-old manages to make it to the top of England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike – 978 metres (3,209ft) above sea level – an achievement he never dreamed possible!


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