Ed Gamble: Taskmaster star addresses health battle amid weight loss ‘It goes hand in hand’

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Taskmaster winner and comedian Ed Gamble, 35, has shared that his incredible seven stone weight loss journey “went hand in hand” with his Type 1 diabetes battle. The star, who previously weighed 19 stone, was diagnosed with the condition when he was 13-years-old.

According to the NHS, type 1 diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high.

Type 1 diabetes is not linked with age or being overweight like Type 2, but the condition requires daily injections of insulin to keep blood glucose levels under control.

Ed, who uses the revolutionary Dexcom G6 to monitor his glucose levels, explained that he feels “more in tune” with his condition after changing his diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk during Diabetes Awareness Week, the comic said of his weight loss: “I would say, personally, they kind of went hand in hand a little bit. 

“When I got on top of my diet, to try and lose a bit of weight, I saw the effect that had on my blood glucose level. 

“And, in fact, I know they were much easier to control. 

“When I started to try and lose weight, I sort of at the same time, got more of a handle on my diabetes and my diabetic control. It goes hand in hand.”

He added: “And I think now that I listen more to my diabetes, I’m more in tune with it, actually, I think I’m more in tune with my body as well. 


“I know when I need to do certain things and it just makes me more aware of my own body.” 

Detailing the positive impact the Dexcom G6 has had on his experience with Type 1 diabetes, Ed explained: “The technology is amazing. 

“I mean, it’s come in so handy, and also gives me an excuse to look at my phone in social situations.” 

He quipped: “I can check my phone, and if someone says, ‘you shouldn’t check your phone at the table,’ I’d be like, ‘actually, it’s a matter of life or death’!”

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Ed frequently addresses his condition as part of his stand-up performances.

The star previously turned his illness into a comedy show, naming his 2019 tour Blood Sugar, which was released as an Amazon Prime original special in 200 countries.

Ed, who won the ninth series of hit Channel 4 show Taskmaster in 2019, also spoke out on his triumphant experience on the programme.

He revealed: “It’s the best TV job, and I loved the show anyway going into it and I was so excited to be asked. 

“You can tell if you watch the series that I’m on how excited I was to be there. 

“It’s so much fun and it’s so exciting going to the house, getting to spend, you know, five or six days in total doing tasks all day as a job.

“Just doing the silly stuff that is completely inconsequential, and just stuff that’s coming from the mind of Alex Horne, who is just a brilliant man.”

Ed continued: “It’s such a phenomenal job and then you get the studio shows which, when we did them, it was with a proper studio audience because it was pre-pandemic. 

“It was just an absolute joy, and obviously Greg’s [Davies] a mate of mine and he’s just so good at hosting, and it’s just a proper whirlwind experience, it’s really exciting.”

In honour of Diabetes Awareness Week and people sharing their personal diabetes journey stories across social, Dexcom donated £2,000 to Diabetes UK.

Tickets to Ed’s new stand up tour ‘Electric’ are on sale now from edgamble.co.uk

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