LOCHGELLY man David Scott has shed almost half his body weight and raised £750 for the diabetes centre at Victoria Hospital in the process.
David (59), took up the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis after losing a whopping 69kg (almost 152 pounds).
He underwent a gastric bypass operation as part of a pilot study which looked at gastric surgery to treat certain people with Type II Diabetes. This is a procedure not yet routinely available in Fife.
Before the operation, he tipped the scales at 159kg (25 stones) and since then, David has lost a massive 18 inches from his waist, and five inches from his collar.
David, who works at Stagecoach in Cowdenbeath, now cycles or walks the three miles each way to work.
He said: “Before the weight loss, I relied on seven tablets and two injections to control my diabetes and three tablets to manage my blood pressure. I no longer need that medication now – it’s life changing.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have the support and encouragement of my family and friends, the staff at the diabetic clinic, and my work colleagues as I am sure without their help this road would have been much longer.
“My confidence has surged and for the first time I’m really enjoying socialising. It’s my 60th birthday next year and I hope to follow the British Lions to Australia, as well as attempting the three peaks challenge.
“In fact, the only downside to this whole experience has been spending a fortune on new clothes!”