Diabetes Type 2

Brian - Interview 11

Age at interview: 69
Age at diagnosis: 62

Brief outline: Brian's diabetes was diagnosed seven years ago when he was having prostate surgery. More recently he has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. He takes metformin and insulin (Novorapid and Levimir) for diabetes.

Background: Brian is a retired teacher who is single with no children. Ethnic background/Nationality: White British.

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Brian is a retired secondary school teacher, living independently in a flat in a retirement complex. His diabetes was diagnosed seven years ago when he was in hospital for prostate surgery. The diagnosis shocked him, but at the time he worried more about the possibility of having prostate cancer. He was put on metformin whilst in hospital. 

A couple of years later he went back to hospital because of bowel problems and ulcerative colitis was diagnosed. While he was in hospital for colitis treatment, his diabetes treatment was changed to insulin. He took insulin alone for a few years, and recently he has been put back on metformin in addition to insulin. 

Managing the two conditions - type 2 diabetes and ulcerative colitis - is sometimes difficult for Brian; occasionally his consultants have given him conflicting advice about diet. Brian regulates his insulin dose according to his diet and says he knows how to manage his diabetes and attends regular appointments with his doctors. He leads an active social life and frequently goes abroad on holiday.


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