Russell Smith

Type 2, Eagleby

Russell Smith has had to grit his teeth and fight to recover from injury more than once, but the resilience he’s honed has helped him find his way back to good health after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “If you don’t get off your fat X#@$, you’ll be dead in 18 months,” his doctor candidly told him in 2011. Despite chronic knee, shoulder and spine pain from previous accidents, Russell built up his walking, set up a home gym, and has lost about 40kg, from a high of 128.6kg. His blood glucose levels are now back in the healthy range.

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