Arthri­tis eased due to weight loss diet

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITIES - ALEX SCAPENS

AMUM who was di­ag­nosed with arthri­tis at the age of 27 is now in re­mis­sion after un­der­tak­ing a fundrais­ing weight-loss diet.

Bex Walker, 35, from Hurds­field, has lost more than three stone to now weigh 10st 9lb and has col­lected £324 in spon­sor­ship.

She be­gan her Keto diet in July cut­ting out car­bo­hy­drates and sugar.

The lat­ter can have a high in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect on the body and Bex, who is mar­ried with a six-yearold daugh­ter, says not con­sum­ing it is the rea­son her arthri­tis went into re­mis­sion in Au­gust.

She said: “In my opin­ion it was down to the diet be­cause I have had treat­ment for arthri­tis.

“I feel 100 per cent bet­ter, some­times I would be hardly able to move.

“Now I have the odd ache and pain but noth­ing com­pared to what it used to be.”

Bex was di­ag­nosed with arthri­tis after wak­ing one morn­ing with a pain in her shoul­der that spread to her el­bow and then through­out her body.

She re­ceived ru­tix­imab treat­ment but says this had lit­tle suc­cess.

Mean­while her con­di­tion meant ba­sic tasks would be a strug­gle and af­fected her abil­ity to work at her Quirkydo hair sa­lon, in Bro­ken Cross, and even be a mum.

Ini­tially her weight loss be­gan as just a means to be­come health­ier but she set a tar­get of shed­ding three stone in July - and achieved it by late Novem­ber.

Bex also raised money for char­ity Ver­sus Arthri­tis, whose work in­cludes rais­ing aware­ness that the con­di­tion does not just limit it­self to el­derly peo­ple.

She said: “It is not that un­usual, peo­ple as­sume that it will be old peo­ple but it is young peo­ple too and even chil­dren.

“I would def­i­nitely ad­vise peo­ple to look into the kind of things they are eat­ing and re­search foods that are in­flam­ma­tory.

“I am so pleased with its re­sults I am happy to share my recipes on In­sta­gram or Face­book.”

Bex has thanked all the peo­ple who spon­sored and sup­ported her and handed the money over to Ver­sus Arthri­tis this week.

Bex Walker, be­fore and after her weight loss

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