A family member, coming up to 70, has been type 2 diabetic for over 20 years. She is obese, has never made any real attempt to control her diet and has now been injecting insulin for years. Even so blood glucose levels are extremely high and she has been hospitalised several times to try to stabilise them. She continues to eat and eat and has a very ‘sweet tooth’.
She was treated for diabetic retinopathy a few years ago but was in denial that this was anything to do with her diabetes.
When I saw her at Christmas she was unable to walk more than about 100 metres without getting so out of breath she couldn’t go on.
I saw her for the first time this Easter since Christmas. We only meet up at family get togethers and I was shocked. Her hand and feet and face were dreadfully swollen.
To me it seems as if she has no idea just how serious diabetes is. I know she’s been told by her GP and others on several occasions that she needs to get to grips with this condition but, in the end, no one can make you change your habits. Can they?
Her husband and daughter have given up saying ‘should you be eating that?’ as they just get a mouthful of abuse.
This is not the first time I have seen this. I lost a young friend at only 42 to complications from out of control type 1.
Reading through this it sounds rather judgemental which wasn’t my intention. Rather it is bewilderment that when this is clearly killing her she is in complete denial.
She reported my DD - health visitor
She had mum's jewellery - greedy sister
He ruined our view - gardener