So she decided there and then to start a complete lifestyle overhaul.
The 52-year-old had always struggled with her weight and when she was diagnosed in December 2016 she was 15 stone 12. Now she’s lost nearly seven stone and ‘reversed’ her diabetes – which means she has avoided needing to take any medication.
The charity fundraiser, from South London, has followed a low carb diet – giving up pasta, potatoes, bread and sugar. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson recently revealed he followed a similar eating plan that has resulted in dramatic weight loss and he no longer requires insulin to manage his blood sugar.
Yvonne told i: “I’d honestly say that I don’t feel denied, it took a few weeks of cravings and feeling cranky from the carb withdrawals but now I just feel so much better.
“I used to suffer very bad migraines – about six to eight a month – and they have now gone too.”
The rise in type 2 diabetes across the UK is linked to the growth in obesity – and this fast growing health crisis is set to affect more than 5 million people by 2025.