WHO IS PHIL GRAHAM?
I’m currently 28 years of age, live in Ireland and have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for over 12 years.
I accepted my condition long ago and understood that all I can do is try my best to work with it.
Like many other people with diabetes, I take the odd hypo, get grumpy when I go high, run late for the occasional hospital appointment, run out of needles, forgot to double check my blood sugars — the list goes on [Sound like you?]
Anyhow, I’ve made radical changes to my health, physique and performance over the last 12 years.
Picture this – 16years of age, 17 stone, 5foot 11, extremely overweight with a fasting blood sugar so high the reader said ‘HI’ – see your doctor
Fast forward to the present day I’m currently sitting at 18.5 stone, just under 11% body fat with a fasting blood sugar of 4.2 mmol/L (80 mg/dl). I can lift double, and more my body weight on all the core lifts squat, bench and deadlift and also run 100 meters in 19.8 seconds. All of these achievements make me particularly proud, considering the fact I started out as an inactive BLOB.
This most certainly didn’t happen overnight. It took years of hard work, study and commitment but I’m much better off than where I was!