Diabetes Type 2

Mike - Interview 16

Male
Age at interview: 64
Age at diagnosis: 59

Brief outline: Diagnosed in 2002. Mike controls his diabetes with diet alone.

Background: Mike is a finance officer and is married with two adult children aged 35 and 33. Ethnic background/Nationality: White British.

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Mike had gone to see the doctor and happened to ask about having a health check. So he felt shocked when diabetes was diagnosed. Mike had noticed no symptoms of diabetes, but looking back, he is glad the diagnosis was made early on.

Mike likes to eat, drink and go out with friends. He is still able to have a busy and active social life, but now is aware of what he is eating and how that affects his diabetes. So he occasionally indulges himself with food and drink but knows that he then  needs a few days of 'frugal living'. He manages his diabetes by diet alone, and apart from a slight loss of sensation in his toes, he has experienced no other diabetic complications.

Mike felt he was a bit overweight and that the diagnosis of diabetes forced him to consider how he looked after himself. He also became more conscious of how much exercise he did, and started walking a lot more instead of taking the car. Mike is an active and regular visitor to the local diabetes support group meetings. He feels that there is a lot to learn there and he likes to chat with other friends with diabetes about his experiences.

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