advertisement
Updated 25 November 2016

WATCH: How this diabetic lost 130kg

A few years ago Manie Pretorius weighed almost 200 kilograms.

Manie Pretorius used to be a sports enthusiast who weighed just 70 kilograms. Just a few years later, Pretorius weighed almost 200 kilograms and was diagnosed with diabetes.

No magic quick-fixes

He was surviving on multiple painkillers because his knees and back could not sustain the vast amount of weight he had put on.

Desperate, he underwent a gastric bypass operation – where parts of his stomach were stapled to make it smaller. Now healthier, Pretorius says there are no magic quick-fixes.

Losing weight and keeping the weight off is hard work, but he's now committed to staying slim, for the sake of his health.

Read more:

Diabetes 'survivors' give clues

Diabetes undetected in Africa

'Pre-diabetes,' diabetes rising among US teens

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Live healthier

Lifestyle »

E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know

E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places.

Allergy »

Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.

advertisement