Diabetes Type 2

Balvinder - Interview 10

Age at interview: 69
Age at diagnosis: 34

Brief outline: Balvinder was diagnosed with diabetes 35 years ago. He was prescribed metformin for many years, and for the last 15 years he has been taking insulin.

Background: Balvinder is a retired electician and is married with three adult children aged 44, 42 and 36. Ethnic background/Nationality: Punjabi Sikh.

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Balvinder discovered he had diabetes when he was 43 years old. He had had a health check as part of a recruitment procedure at a car manufacturing company, and diabetes was found. He felt very shocked at the time, because he had not noticed any symptoms. Initially, he was prescribed metformin, but for the past 15 years has been taking insulin. Even when Balvinder was taking metformin he felt burning in his feet and other symptoms, all of which have gone since he started taking insulin. 

Balvinder's wife also has diabetes and they follow the same diet. They are careful about what they eat and have changed their mealtimes in order to manage diabetes better. Balvinder and his wife go regularly to the local diabetes support group meetings, where he can talk to visiting podiatrists and other specialists, as well as the other members of the group.


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