Diabetes Type 2

Mrs Patel - Interview 37

Age at interview: 68
Age at diagnosis: 53

Brief outline: Diagnosed 15 years ago. Mrs Patel takes metformin and insulin.

Background: Mrs Patel is a retired shopkeeper who is married and has grown up children. Ethnic background/Nationality: Gujarati Hindu.

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Mrs Patel grew up in Zanzibar and is a practising Hindu. She and her family have always been strict vegetarians and she believes their diet has always been quite healthy. Her diabetes was diagnosed when she was 53 and still working. She took her diagnosis very seriously and read everything she could find about diabetes and used to browse through bookshops and libraries in her spare time to learn more about how the body works and what having diabetes would mean.

Mrs Patel comes from a large family and most of her brothers and sisters also have diabetes type 2. Recently one of her brothers died following various complications including heart problems, kidney failure and limb amputation. Mrs Patel feels very strongly that many people do not fully understand what diabetes means. She was part of the Expert Patient Programme (now Self-management UK). Nowadays she has less time to help others because her husband has recently had a heart bypass.

She feels her diet is good, but knows that she does not take enough exercise which is mainly because she does not enjoy walking. She has recently been transferred from hospital to primary care and is concerned that her GP will not be able to give her the expert treatment she has enjoyed up to now.


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