Chris is able to get back to quality family time by reversing type 2 diabetes

Published on 
April 12, 2022
April 26, 2024

By Chris, on Virta for 16 months 

Having been on Virta for about a year and a half now, the most valuable thing I got back was my ability to spend time with my daughter. I’m a young dad at 49, and I used to be very active. I was a mechanic who spent most of my days on my feet, and could be found at the gym at least 3 days a week. Most importantly, I loved to cycle and ride BMX with my daughter. But at the worst point of struggling with type 2 diabetes, I was overweight and couldn’t find the energy or motivation to do anything, even those things I loved. 

Nothing I tried helped, including multiple prescriptions from my doctor that never did much to bring my blood sugar down to healthy levels. However, Virta gave me a different solution—diabetes reversal by making adjustments to my diet. Not medication, not surgery, but food choices. My Virta health coach created a customized plan with my lifestyle and food preferences in mind. When I told her that I have chickens in my backyard, she suggested various ways to add eggs to my meals, including a chorizo and cheese omelet that has now become my new favorite breakfast.

Chris before (left) and after (right) joining Virta

All the while, I’ve lost over 113 pounds, and brought my A1c down 1.7 points to 5.5%, which is within healthy ranges now. But what means the most to me is just how great I feel, and how much happier I am. My 7-year-old daughter and I try to go to the bike track at least 3 days a week now to race and spend time together. Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would be able to do this again at 49 years old. Thanks to Virta, I feel like I’m in my 20s again.

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