Belvedere man achieves astonishing diabetes reversal
PUBLISHED: 12:21 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:51 11 April 2016
Tim Dickson weighed 24st before he turned his life around to beat the illness
A 47-year-old man from Belvedere has reversed diabetes after completing a remarkable journey from ill health to marathon runner in less than two years.
Tim Dickson, of Salmon Road, used to watch daytime TV all day, and he feasted on chips, fried food and regular, unhealthy snacks.
At 46, he weighed 24st and was a type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and mild depression.
Then, one morning, he decided to do something about it.
“I just woke up and thought, enough is enough - I’m not being like this anymore.
“I started walking on my own and introduced hand weights, and then I wanted to start running.
“The only support I had was from my wife, Caroline - no-one else. She was my rock.”
Mr Dickson’s brother, who lives in Scotland, suggested doing the 33-mile D 33 Ultramarathon near Aberdeen.
So he decided to sign himself up, and ramped up his training to the point where he had lost 9st.
Astonishingly, when he went to his next diabetes review, he was told he would no longer need his medication - he had beaten diabetes.
“I went back on my review and they were shocked. It is a very rare thing and I could not believe it.
“The doctor took me off all medication. There was no surgery involved, just pure willpower.
“It was just an unbelievable feeling. I have walked past people on the streets and they do not know who I am.”
On March 16, Mr Dickson finished the D33 ultramarathon, having completely turned his life around in under 20 months.
He now works as a personal trainer and a mentor for mental health charity Mind.
“I help people and give talks to show them it is possible to overcome your problems.
“They can relate to me and I can relate to the difficulty of it all - and the mental difficulty,” he explained.
He has just launched a new running club in Belvedere - The Belvedere Plodders - which is aimed at beginners who want to start running safely.
“I have had a lot of interest in it, so hopefully people will be able to get up and do something,” he said.