As we bid farewell to another remarkable year, it's with great pride that we look back on the progress made in the fight against type 2 diabetes. At Defeat Diabetes, our commitment to fostering health, awareness, and innovation has fueled a year of fantastic achievements. As we delve into the pages of 2023, it’s inspiring to see how far we've come in the last 12 months, and reflect on the many incredible results we've seen both globally, as well as those of our own Defeat Diabetes member. All of which are helping us towards our mission of remission for 100,000 people.
So, buckle up as we take a closer look at 7 of our favourite and most inspiring stories from 2023:
7. Remission "possible for almost anyone"
The year started off on a huge high note, with a new study revealing that remission of type 2 diabetes is possible for almost everyone – even those who have had type 2 for more than 15 years. As Dr Brukner has said, type 2 diabetes does not have to be chronic or progressive, and more and more research is confirming this.
6. We stocked the bookshelves!
We launched not one but four new books, including Dr Brukner’s own The Diabetes Plan. Robert, who “devoured the book in a single day”, went on to join the program, lower his HbA1c from 8.3 to 5.9, shed 10 kg and achieved remission in less than three months. Congrats, Robert!
And the Defeat Diabetes recipe testers were kept busy this year with three ecookbooks:
Nourishing and wholesome, Healthy + Hearty was another jam-packed ecookbook focussed more on those traditional family recipes you love, but made low carb to help manage blood sugar levels.
Bread is one type of food we can’t live without, so we were chuffed to release Low Carb Baking, featuring 45 of our favourite grain-free recipes, so we can all enjoy toast and Vegemite in the morning!
5. Defeat Diabetes member survey results
May saw the release of our member survey results, which showed an incredible 2 in 3 members achieved a return to non-diabetic blood sugar levels. We also learned almost all members lost weight, with the average weight loss being 8 kg and 6 cm lost from waistlines.
4. Avoiding Alzheimer's
We were proud to bring two leading experts on Alzheimer’s to our live events. With Alzheimer’s rates increasing rapidly, the insights offered by Dr Matthew Phillips and Amy Berger were enlightening, with both reiterating that Alzheimer’s is not inevitable and can be avoided with lifestyle changes.
Catch the replay, '5 steps to preventing Alzheimer's'
3. We lobbied. Loudly!
It’s been a big year for lobbying for type 2 diabetes at the highest levels, with the announcement of a Parliamentary Inquiry. Defeat Diabetes, Dr Brukner, Dr Mason and others made submissions to the inquiry, and we’re hopeful the recommendations made will be heard and actioned. Watch this space!
2. 3 in 4 achieve remission within 12 months of diagnosis
We welcomed the exciting results presented by Dr David Unwin, which showed an impressive 77% of people diagnosed within a year achieved remission from type 2 diabetes. Just as remarkable, those who didn’t reach remission actually achieved unexpectedly greater, clinically important improvements in diabetic control and the greatest improvements in HbA1c.
1. 10 more Defeat Diabetes member success stories
But our most incredible results are from our own community, and we were so pleased to be able to publish the stories of 10 Defeat Diabetes members who achieved remission during 2023. So, to Alan, Kate, Sue, Robert S, Robert C, Sharon, Melinda, Michelle, Colin, and Lynn, congratulations on your efforts and newfound health. We are so proud to have been a part of your journey to health.
What a year! But as one finishes and a new one is just around the corner, we're already looking forward to what 2024 has in store, and we’re confident that awareness for type 2 diabetes remission is growing, and we’ll be celebrating even more success stories next year!