Diabetes Type 2

Hyacinth - Interview 39

Female
Age at interview: 63
Age at diagnosis: 30

Brief outline: Hyacinth was diagnosed 33 years ago after a pregnancy. In 1997 she was also diagnosed with breast cancer and has had two mini strokes. She takes metformin and gliclazide.

Background: Hyacinth worked for the probation service before retirement and is married with 3 adult children. Ethnic background/Nationality: Jamaican.

Audio & video

Hyacinth has been coping with diabetes for many years and feels that she now has established good control. In the early years following her diagnosis, Hyacinth says that she did not get enough helpful information about how to change her diet but has gradually found out for herself what works best for her which is eating little and often.

She takes metformin and gliclazide having discovered that rosiglitazone made her swell up and feel poorly. Ten years ago, Hyacinth was diagnosed with breast cancer and more recently she has had two mini strokes, so diabetes has not always been her main health concern. She knows she has not been doing enough exercise recently and wants to kick-start her exercise routine. She wonders why there is not a support group for diabetes in her locality.

Feedback

Please use the form below to tell us what you think of the site. We’d love to hear about how we’ve helped you, how we could improve or if you have found something that’s broken on the site. We are a small team but will try to reply as quickly as possible.

Please note that we are unable to accept article submissions or offer medical advice. If you are affected by any of the issues covered on this website and need to talk to someone in confidence, please contact The Samaritans or your Doctor.

Make a Donation to healthtalk.org





Find out more about how you can help us.

Send to a friend

Simply fill out this form and we'll send them an email