Winning With Diabetes: The Biggest Loser’s Aaron Thompkins’ Success Story

July 28, 2011

Although Aaron Thompkins had initially set out to be the winner on NBC’s reality show The Biggest Loser, he wound up finding larger success in losing weight and learning how to manage his diabetes. The August issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, features an interview with Thompkins, highlighting his struggles with shedding weight and how learning to manage his diabetes changed his life.

Thompkins, 30, was leading a life of poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise, weighing in at more than 450 pounds when he knew it was time for a drastic change. He set his sights on The Biggest Loser, a program featuring contestants who compete to lose weight. Although he didn’t initially make the cut, he was given a second chance when one of trainers from the show asked him to participate in a diet-and-exercise boot camp for The Biggest Loser: Pay It Forward.

Thompkins started dropping weight right away but over the course of the show, diabetes caught up with him and he was diagnosed with type 2. “It was just crazy, because obviously, I always knew I was at risk for diabetes…but I was still caught off guard,” Thompkins told Diabetes Forecast. Yet, he stayed determined and focused on his health, even taking on a new role creating awareness about diabetes and leading a healthy lifestyle in hopes to inspire others.  “You don’t have to accept it all. You can be proactive and do something about it,” said Thompkins.

Read more about Thompkins’ inspiring success in A Winner at Life  on Diabetes Forecast’s website.

The August issue of Diabetes Forecast also includes these exciting features and information-filled articles:

Back to School: Although it’s summer now, the new school year is quickly approaching.  Whether a child is recently diagnosed or is already a pro at managing diabetes, Diabetes Forecast has advice from the experts on the steps to take in creating a back-to-school game plan that will help a child with diabetes thrive in the classroom, and beyond.

Weight Loss Now: When it comes to getting rid of fat, eating well and exercise are the ideal, yet what about medical science to help with weight loss?  Is there hope in a bottle? What medications are on the horizon? Is surgery safe? Diabetes Forecast has the skinny on where things stand in the quest to be thinner.

Just (Enough) Dessert: Good things come in small packages! Diabetes Forecast shows you how to prepare mini, delicious desserts that will allow you to enjoy the best sweets while at the same time lowering your chance of overeating.  With these tiny, tasty recipes, you can treat yourself while at the same time treating yourself well.

The Muscle Maker: Long known as your body’s building block, protein plays a vital role in your overall health.  This month, Diabetes Forecast gives you the chance to muscle up on protein. Learn about the different functions protein has in the body and how to make careful choices about what to eat to make sure you get the right source of this valuable nutrient.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for more than 60 years, offering the latest news on diabetes research and treatment to provide information, inspiration, and support to people with diabetes. 

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)