Diabetes Type 2

Harold - Interview 30

Age at interview: 70
Age at diagnosis: 63

Brief outline: Harold was diagnosed in 2000. At the time of interview he was taking metformin and simvastatin.

Background: Harold is a retired teacher and clergyman, married with adult children. Ethnic background/Nationality: White US.

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Harold was diagnosed with in 2000. He is married, has 2 adult children and is originally from the US. He is a retired teacher and clergyman. 

Harold's father died from complications arising from type 2 diabetes. His sister also has diabetes, so Harold was not surprised to find out that he also has the disease which he says is a 'kind of family curse'. Harold also has high blood pressure, recurrent bouts of bronchitis, back pain and some problems with his feet. He is philosophical about having diabetes which he feels is part and parcel of his old age. Although losing a stone or two in weight would probably help cure his back pain, Harold finds dieting difficult because it means 'shedding an incredible amount of habit and ritual'. Harold found giving up smoking and drinking easy compared to trying to lose weight. 

Harold takes metformin, though it upsets his digestion; he also takes simvastatin to regulate his cholesterol. He also has acupuncture which helps alleviate his knee pains.


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