Did you know that yesterday was World Diabetes Day?

Most of us here at Just Jap Racing had no idea...

We want to create awareness of Wolrd Diabetes Day by sharing our Director Stephen Thatcher's inspirational journey of how he reversed Diabetes Type 2 in just a matter of a couple of months.


On the 15th of September, just two days before Stephen departed for his routine trip to Japan, he was told some bad news by his Doctor. Weighing in at a hefty 91kgs, his doctor informed Stephen that he had Diabetes Type 2.

This news was not only a shock to the system but explained why Stephen was experiencing bad circulation in his feet... The doctor then informed Stephen that he had to either change his lifestyle or risk going blind or losing a foot. This meant that Stephen would no longer be able to compete in the yearly Targa Tasmania World Class International Motorsports Event, as well as negatively impacting his life in many other ways!

The very next day, Stephen decided to take charge of his life and he started walking daily along with changing his diet by cutting out carbs and sugar. With great discipline and strength, Stephen lost a whopping 11kgs in the past 9 weeks, in which he covered an impressive 800 kilometers of walking through a combination of using the treadmill as well as covering ground on the mountains of Nagano Japan.

Yesterday, on the 14th of November, Stephen went to the doctors and found out some great news... The Doctor proceeded to tell him that he had completely reversed his Diabetes and dropped to a healthy weight of 79kgs. Funnily enough, Stephen had no idea that it was, in fact, World Diabetes Day.

It's now safe to say that Stephen will be back to compete next year, now with a new healthy accompanied by his 18-year Targa veteran GTR which also has received a new Body wrap,

The moral of Stephen's journey is that we often take our health for granted, however, it's not too late to change your lifestyle to that of a healthy one. If something in your body doesn't feel right, definitely seek the advice of a professional doctor as well as being active for at least 30 minutes a day.

To find out more about World Diabetes Day, please check out the following link: http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/