Mark Labbett’s health is the ‘biggest problem’ he faces as he battles a long-term illness.
MARK LABBETT is best known for his role as the popular ITV quiz show The Chase’s successful quizzer.
The Beast, as he is known, usually rises to the occasion, but when he was given an unexpected diagnosis, he admitted he was “a little bit numb.”
The star first appeared on ITV in the UK as one of the ruthless chasers, and has since appeared on the show in both the US and Australia.
However, it was off-screen that the actor was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Mark went on to describe the “sin” in his lifestyle that led to his diagnosis as one of the 4.9 million people in the UK who have been diagnosed with the disease.
“I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, I don’t gamble, and there’s no loose woman in my life,” Mark told This website at the end of last year.
Chocolate and sweets were my vices.
“I’ve always had a ridiculous amount of sugar, so I figured I’d committed the crime and now it was time to serve the sentence.”
Mark admitted that he had never had a “diabetic episode” and was only diagnosed after experiencing problems with his lower legs.
“When I was playing football, the skin on my lower legs bruised very easily,” the actor explained.
“Apart from that, I’ve never had any sugar highs or lows.”
According to Medical News Today, when blood glucose levels are consistently high, white blood cells’ function is harmed.
White blood cells are crucial to the immune system’s function, and when they don’t work properly, the body is less able to fight bacteria and heal wounds.
As a result, people with uncontrolled diabetes may never heal from wounds or injuries.
Even on the tiniest wounds, cuts, or grazes, the risk of infection is high.
When a person gets an infection, it can spread to their tissues and bones, which can be fatal if not treated.
Following a blood test, Mark was diagnosed by a nurse, prompting him to change his unhealthy habits.
Having to care for a “hyperactive four-year-old” during lockdown also helped Mark lose weight, which helped him manage his diabetes.
“It almost killed me because 247 was looking,” he continued.
“News from the Brinkwire.”
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