“I realised that I needed to get serious because this was probably the last chance I would get”
In 2017, Ryan Shand, was warned he only had three years to live. The then 32-year-old father weighed 143kg and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. He could barely carry his own weight and was tired all the time.
“I was morbidly obese and barely able to support my own weight. I was always tired, especially after eating and I was always eating,” said.
He knew it was time to make a change not only for himself but to be around for his family. Over the last two years, Ryan, a Banksia Grove local, has become interested in exercise and nutrition, lost 56kg and has healthy blood glucose levels. It wasn’t an easy feat, but he started with small changes like walking to the roundabout and back and choosing salad instead of chips with his dinner.
Today Ryan is 82kg, has no signs of diabetes or improper ability to process sugars, and runs marathons, recently coming second in the Australia Day Ultra 50km race. He shares his passion for fitness and nutrition with his children.
“Being able to play with my kids has been the ultimate reward for my efforts.” He says.
“I’m a big fan of the HBF Run for a Reason and am delighted to be an ambassador for Diabetes WA this year,” Ryan says, “I would really like to help Diabetes WA raise money and awareness about diabetes in the community.”
We are pleased to announce that, on Sunday 19 May, Ryan will be leading the Diabetes WA team in our 10th anniversary of the HBF Run for a Reason. To join Ryan, whilst supporting Western Australians living with diabetes, register for the HBF Run for a Reason and create a Diabetes WA fundraising page here.