Diabetes Type 2

Mrs Singh - Interview 05

Age at interview: 64
Age at diagnosis: 49

Brief outline: Mrs Singh was diagnosed when she was 49. She takes metformin.

Background: Mrs Singh is a married housewife with three adult children aged 44, 42, and 36. Ethnic background/Nationality: Punjabi sikh.

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Mrs Singh was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 15 years ago. Several members of her family, including her husband, also have diabetes, so when she noticed some of her symptoms - thirst, tiredness, pain and burning in her feet and wanting to eat sweet things - she suspected that it might be diabetes. At the time of the interview, Mrs Singh was taking metformin. 

Mrs Singh is very conscious of diabetes being a problem in her family, and she asks her children to look after their diet. She and her husband manage their diet jointly; they have a late breakfast, skip lunch and then have tea and a snack in the afternoon. Mrs Singh believes she can tell when her blood glucose levels are too high or too low. She knows that if she's eaten some fried food or rich food, her blood glucose will be high. And when her blood glucose is low, she feels shivery and faint. In order to manage her diet, Mrs Singh finds it useful to check her blood glucose after eating various sorts of food so that she knows what she can and cannot eat. 

Mrs Singh feels people should be open about their diabetes, so they can avoid difficult social situations where they may feel pressed into eating unsuitable foods. She has always found it easier to tell people that she has diabetes and therefore cannot eat everything she is offered rather than giving people the impression that she is being fussy. She believes that one can learn a great deal by talking to others, and regularly attends a local diabetic support group with her husband.


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