Mark Labbett: The Chase star diagnosed with diabetes after nurse caught sight of legs

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Mark Labbett, who is best known as The Beast on The Chase, has opened up about his health concerns before he was officially diagnosed with diabetes. The ITV favourite recently revealed that he has lost nearly 10 stone during lockdown.

The 55-year-old has embarked on a health journey amid the current coronavirus pandemic and has credited lockdown for his dramatic weight loss.

Between quizzing, balancing fatherhood and walking the family dog, Mark has seen inches fall off his waist.

Addressing his improved lifestyle, the ITV favourite explained that being diagnosed with diabetes in 2017 was the catalyst that sparked the change for him.

Mark revealed that before he was diagnosed with the condition, a nurse had shared her concerns with him.

“I’ve never had a diabetic episode,” he explained.

A diabetic episode which is medically referred to as diabetic hypoglycaemia occurs when someone with diabetes doesn’t have enough sugar (glucose) in his or her blood.

Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body and brain and during a diabetic shock, blood sugar levels drop dangerously low.

The Chase star revealed it was through a routine check that healthcare professionals made the discovery.

Mark commented: “I’ve got skin that doesn’t heal properly in my lower legs.

“A nurse looked at me and she asked, ‘Are you sure your not diabetic?'”

He continued: “They took a test and she said, ‘Yes, you’re diabetic.'”

Mark was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2017 and has continued his quest to lose weight over the years.


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At his heaviest, he tipped the scales at 29 stone, but after shedding the pounds, he now weighs in at 19 stone.

“I’ve still got a way to go. It turned out a couple of years ago I wasn’t far away from being non diabetic,” he said. “I got pretty close to it. Unfortunately, I let myself go a bit because I didn’t know at the time.”

The Chase star has since teamed up with Fitbit and Diabetes UK – the leading charity for people affected by diabetes – for the One Million Step Challenge.

The challenge aims to encourage participants throughout the country to step up their activity and take at least 10,000 steps a day to reach a one million step target at the end of the three-month challenge period.

Mark credited the campaign with helping him lose weight in recent months.

“I had been getting fit anyway because of being in lockdown, because my wife works as a nurse and I was the primary carer for our son. And I soon found that looking after an active three-year-old is tough,” he explained.

He continued: “The weight just fell off me just chasing after him.

“Now that we’ve got through lockdown I want to continue the good work as it were and not let the weight pile on.

“So, when they came through with an offer and FitBit mentioned the 10,000 steps challenge I wanted to take part.”

Fitbit will support the One Million Step Challenge which takes place across a three-month period from July 1 until September 30.

Please find a link to the challenge here.

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