Sean did more than reverse his type 2 diabetes; he took his life back.

Published on 
March 25, 2022
April 26, 2024

By Sean L, on Virta for 6 months

A year ago, I couldn’t even walk my dog around the block without getting winded. Today, however, I am about to start on a “50 miles in 5 days” challenge, something I haven’t done since I was a Boy Scout. That is what Virta has done for me—it’s given me my life back.

For most of my adult life, I have been a member of the 300 pound club. Before kids, my wife of 18 years and I would make time to go to the gym, but in the long list of other priorities, working out just didn't make the cut.

10 years ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I tried Weight Watchers, which helped for a little bit, but it never felt sustainable. Even after losing 20 pounds, I would find myself struggling to stay consistent. A cheat meal turned into a cheat week, then month, and so on.

My real turning point was about a year ago when doctors discovered a tumor on my kidney that turned out to be stage 4 cancer. Let me just say: hearing “stage 4 cancer” has a real way of waking you up to what is important in life.

Sean lost 25 pounds in only 6 months on Virta.

At just 50 years old, I have three beautiful, athletic daughters who I could never keep up with, as well as a granddaughter I desperately want to get to know. I didn’t do something about my health, I wouldn’t be around long enough to do so.

When I got an email about Virta at work, I thought one of my colleagues had sent it to me directly because it just hit so close to home. After a few days of doing my own research on how Virta worked, I decided to give it a shot.

I was a bit hesitant, though, and wondered if Virta’s approach to meal adjustments would be doable. But as I started to make my way through watching the videos and reading the educational materials that Virta provides, I got a chat message from my new Virta health coach, Jay. I was so surprised that Jay was already asking how I was doing, even though I had even officially started on the treatment..

For me, that was the moment that really pushed me from exploring Virta to fully committing to it. Jay’s real-time coaching support both motivates me to do better and keeps me accountable. Because unlike diet programs, there is a very real person on the other end of an app that is with me during my journey.

The other reason that I will never look back is the incredible results.

On Virta, I have already  lost 25 pounds, reduced my A1c from 7.0% to 5.6%--which is below even prediabetic levels. Combined, these improvements in my health have also given me so much of my energy back.

Now, I can play hoops with my daughter. I can walk with my dog. I can truly enjoy life again. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up enough to get back out on the trails. I used to love to hike, and I really want to share that with my family again. Because of Virta, I know I can.

Icon: Envelope with card coming out, featuring Virta spark on the front

Get the latest Virta updates in your inbox

Subscribe to our blog to get Virta updates, delivered directly to you.