Diabetes Type 2

Nasir - Interview 21

Age at interview: 38
Age at diagnosis: 28

Brief outline: Diagnosed 10 years ago, Nasir takes metformin and gliclazide.

Background: Nasir is an accountant, married with 3 children aged 10, 9 and 5. Ethnic background/Nationality: Asian.

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Nasir type 2 diabetes was diagnosed when he was 28 years old. Looking back he feels that he probably had some symptoms of diabetes for several years while at university, but that he had taken little notice of them. He had felt tired, thirsty and also needed to go to the toilet very frequently. Eventually his wife insisted he should see the doctor, and then the diagnosis was made, and Nasir was put on medication. He now takes gliclazide and metfomin.

Nasir feels that type 2 diabetes can be difficult to manage because it requires a lot of self-discipline, and also because the consequences of not being disciplined about diabetes are not immediately obvious. Unlike having a physically painful condition, diabetes works 'silently' so that people don't always know or feel that they are unwell. Nasir believes that if diabetes is not well-managed it can damage the body. 

Nasir now misses being able to eat what he wants, especially sweet and fried food. Although he tries to exercise regularly, his time is limited because he has a full-time job and a young family. If his blood glucose levels are a bit high he feels tired which puts him off taking exercise. He has no problems with his medicines and feels his diabetes is under control. Apart from having to change his diet, Nasir says that having type 2 diabetes has not really affected his everyday life.


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