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Dragon’s Den star Sara Davies, 37, has opened up about a worrying health condition that motivated her to sign up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. She says a doctor warned her that her BMI was too high and she needed to lose roughly two stone to get back into the healthy zone.

The concerns came about after Sara suffered with gestational diabetes in both her pregnancies with sons Oliver and Charlie.

Gestational diabetes usually disappears after giving birth but can have complications if not treated properly and increases the risk of developing type two diabetes in the future.

Determined to make a change, when the offer to join Strictly came about, Sara was motivated by the health benefits associated with the show and hoped the gruelling training sessions would help her drop the pounds.

After lasting eight weeks in the ballroom, Sara says she has “definitely toned up”, but hasn’t lost as much weight as she would have liked.

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Speaking to Fabulous Magazine today, Sara said: “Long before Strictly, my doctor told me I needed to lose around two stone to get my BMI in a good place.

“I thought I would lose it with Strictly.

“At first I was gutted, as I was getting on the scales every week and I wasn’t losing anything.

“I’ve never worked so hard in my life, so it should have been dropping off. But, I have definitely toned up. I’ve even had to buy new leggings.

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“We were filming a video and I had to stop halfway to tell Aljaž that my trousers were falling down!

“I don’t know if my BMI has changed, but I feel great. I hate going to the gym, but I’ve just been prancing around feeling a million dollars with my trousers falling down.”

Sara also boasted that her husband, Simon, has been reaping the rewards of her healthier lifestyle and is “loving” her toned physique.

She said: “Simon is not a complimentary person. He’s the one who keeps my feet on the ground. While everyone else is telling me how awesome I am, he won’t overdo it.”

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She cheekily said her husband of 14-years was “enjoying the new increased stamina” and “loving life”.

Sara and Simon have known each other since she was 15-years-old and she says their relationship caused quite a stir when they began dating.

She told OK! Magazine: “I was 15 and Simon was 19. So it was quite the scandal at the time, I can tell you!

“He was the star of our local cricket team and I remember him coming over and asking for my number.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God!’

“He was my first boyfriend and I was his first girlfriend.”

The couple got married in 2007 and are co-founders and owners of craft supplies company, Crafter’s Companion.

She said their relationship is built on mutual respect and admiration and they are still “madly in love”.

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