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Man's Rare Illness Caused Him To 'Turn Grey' When He Gave Up Fast Food

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Man's Rare Illness Caused Him To 'Turn Grey' When He Gave Up Fast Food

A man who grew to 19 stone due to a love of fast food has given his body a complete overhaul after discovering he actually has a rare condition that turns sugar into alcohol. 

Gregroy Cole, 58, became hooked on fast-food from a young age – regularly chomping his way through pizzas, burgers and chips. 

However, as he grew older he found he was stuck in a cycle of losing weight only to regain it, eventually hitting 19 stone. 

Gregory Cole weighed 19 stone at his heaviest. Credit: Jam Press
Gregory Cole weighed 19 stone at his heaviest. Credit: Jam Press
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In 1999, Cole suffered a slipped disc and was left in intense pain for a month before visiting a doctor, who told him he would need to lose weight if he wanted to get better. 

Cole, from New Jersey in the US, threw himself into a diet and exercise regime, but started to feel tired and bloated as well as suffering from ‘brain fog’ and migraines. 

Cole said: “I thought I was perhaps working out too much and was burning the candle at both ends. 

He developed a love of fast food at a young age. Credit: Jam Press
He developed a love of fast food at a young age. Credit: Jam Press
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“I had a good diet, but my energy level got worse and one day, I could barely drag myself out of bed. 

“My skin turned grey, I had body aches, my rosacea worsened and I was catching colds on a frequent basis – my immunity was compromised. 

“I went to my doctor, who told me my blood work was fine, but my vitamin D level was low. 

“At the same time, my neighbour told me about the progress she made with her nutritionist, which is when I turned to them for help.” 

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He is now a healthy weight after overhauling his lifestyle. Credit: Jam Press
He is now a healthy weight after overhauling his lifestyle. Credit: Jam Press

He was told that he had auto-brewery syndrome – a rare condition where the body turns sugar into alcohol, making you feel drunk – so decided to cut all sugar from his diet. 

He said: “I didn’t even eat any fruit – my diet consisted of green vegetables, fish, lamb and nuts. 

“[After] a year, I returned to optimal health and the majority of my ailments disappeared. 

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“My energy returned, the brain fog, achiness and bloating went away and my rosacea was cured. 

“For the first time since my teenage years, I felt ecstatic – almost reborn.” 

He discovered he has a condition called 'brewery syndrome'. Credit: Jam Press
He discovered he has a condition called 'brewery syndrome'. Credit: Jam Press

After being given his diagnosis, Gregory has completely changed his diet – ditching the high-sugar junk food he used to go for in favour of lean protein and vegetables. 

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He’s also taken up bodybuilding and won the first competition he entered in 2018. 

Cole hopes his story will inspire others, adding: “In the past, my body represented so many things – the state of my mental health, as well as my physical health.

“I remember the day I weighed myself and I was at my heaviest. I took pictures and said one day, I will have before and after pictures to show the world.

Gregory also took up bodybuilding and even won his first competition. Credit: Jam Press
Gregory also took up bodybuilding and even won his first competition. Credit: Jam Press

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, as we are overweight and unhealthy for reasons beyond our control. 

“This is a marathon, not a race and it’s important to educate yourself about the quality of the calories consumed. 

“Once you cut out sugar, you will see your hunger pains disappear, trust me. 

“If I can do it, you can do it.”

Featured Image Credit: Jam Press

Topics: US News

Claire Reid
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