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Diabetic support

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When Theresa May answered questions about her type 1 diabetes in an interview this week, it will have come as a surprise to many that her condition requires her to inject herself with insulin five times a day. What she didn’t say was that to self-administer insulin she also has to check her blood glucose levels and calculate the exact amount of insulin her body needs.

Mrs May says that she doesn’t let her condition stop her doing the things she does – nor should it. However, imagine if you were four and had to deal with a multitude of finger prick tests and injections – or if you were the small child’s parent. It can also be a tough thing for a teenager at school. A child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five will have 19,000 injections and 50,000 finger prick blood tests by the time they reach 18.

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