“I was upset. I was confused,” says Justin, who found out he had type 1 diabetes in his early 20s.
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Justin was around 140kg when he was diagnosed, so his blood sugar was controlled with large doses of insulin. “An epiphany” is how he describes the lightbulb moment he realised that simple lifestyle changes could transform his health, his personal life, and his budding career as an entertainment reporter for Southern Cross Austereo.
Justin says he didn’t see major changes overnight. But as he stuck at going to the gym and modifying his diet, the kilos dropped off while his self-confidence, work, and physical health took off. Arming himself with factual information about diabetes management was also a big part of his turnaround.
“I struggled a lot when I was first diagnosed,” he remembers. “I really didn’t want to be left in the dark, I needed to be able to update my knowledge with the latest information easily. The website in particular has always been one of the places I’d go to if I had a question.”
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