Monday 20 November 2017

'I inject five times a day' - Theresa May reveals as she talks openly about living with diabetes

Theresa May opened up about her battle with diabetes Type 1
Theresa May opened up about her battle with diabetes Type 1

Christopher Hope

Theresa May has revealed that she injects herself with insulin up to five times a day to treat her diabetes.

The British Prime Minister suffers from type one diabetes and urged fellow sufferers not to allow the illness to hold them back from doing what they want in life.

In a 45 minute question and answer session broadcast on the internet, the UK's Prime Minister refused to rule out axing free bus passes for pensioners, and hinted that the Conservatives will commit more cash for the National Health Service in its manifesto this week.

She discussed her views on a range of issues from on fox hunting and being a victim of fake news on social media to benefits cuts and what women should wear in the workplace.

Mrs May has previously disclosed that she had to inject herself discreetly in the stomach with insulin, four times a day following her diagnosis in 2012.

Asked by a fellow diabetes patient about her own experience of the illness, Mrs May said: "I am a type one diabetic. That means when I eat, I have to inject insulin, which I do.

"I will be injecting myself four or five times a day... You just get into a routine. You depend on that insulin and you just build that routine into your daily life. The crucial thing to me is being a diabetic doesn't stop you from doing anything."

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