A MAN who lost 150lbs after being told he was at a high risk of type 2 diabetes will swim the equivalent of the English Channel to raise money for for Diabetes UK.

Nick Else, a web designer from Clayton-le-Woods, will take part in the swimming challenge, Swim22, for the third time between February 22 and May 22.

Swim22 gives those taking part the chance to swim 22 miles, the equivalent of the English Channel, in their local pool at their own pace in return for sponsorship.

Mr Else starting out on his weight loss journey two years ago when he weighed over 300lbs and has since lost almost half of his body weight.

The 32-year-old said: “When I first started the programme I had to get a health check and was told I was at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes if I didn’t make some lifestyle changes.

“After that I was determined to get my life back on track. I started going to the gym, exercising more and changed my diet.

“I had really terrible eating habits.

“I could have smashed a six-pack of crisps and a giant chocolate bar in one go.

“I went cold turkey with my diet, which they say not to do but I thought it was the best way.

“I’m maintaining my weight now, but while I was losing it the scales never went up, which was very motivational.”

Mr Else will be completing Swim22 for the third time, and aims to complete the challenge in a month,

He said: “I was no longer at high risk of type two in December 2016, so last year’s challenge was about keeping up the momentum of my weight loss journey and staying active.

“This year I’m aiming to really push myself and hope to complete the 22 miles in just one month.

“When I was losing weight Swim22 was a great way to stay focused as it gave me a target to work towards,” Mr Else added.

“The main thing with swimming is it’s easy to do and it’s low impact so it’s an easy win.

“The challenge helps keep you focused because when people’s sponsor you it’s like a financial guilt trip to make sure you actually complete it.”

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke. Vickie Butcher, Diabetes UK North West regional fundraiser said: “The lengths that he is going to will bring us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.”

“Swim22 is perfect if you want to challenge yourself to get fitter at your own pace and in your own time. You can swim in your local pool alone or, better still, get your family, friends and colleagues involved. You can even split the 22 miles between a team to make it easier for everyone. Our dedicated team will be on hand to support you from start to finish.”