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Theresa May- 1st World Leader with Diabetes

Theresa May – 1st World Leader with Diabetes

On Wednesday 13th July 2016, Theresa May became the new Conservative Leader and the new Prime Minister of Great Britain following the shock resignation of David Cameron. This also marked an historic moment as she also became the first World Leader to have been diagnosed with Diabetes.

According to reports, Theresa May was suffering from a severe cold in November 2012 which caused her some concern as her husband had just suffered from similar symptoms which had developed into Bronchitis. Mrs May decided to seek medical advice so visited her local gp and whle she was there, she had also mentioned that she had suffered sudden weight loss recently, a classic symptom of Type 1 Diabetes.

The former Home Secretary and now Prime Minister decided to take a blood test at that time which then led to some shocking news, she had been diagnosed with Diabetes. Apparently Mrs May had been suffering from other classic symptoms, such as drinking more water than normal and more frequent visits to the bathroom, but she had thought nothing of it at the time.

Initially she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, however the treatment and medication that she was prescribed did not work and further tests revealed it was actually Type 1 Diabetes.

Theresa May said “My very first reaction was that’s impossible because at my age you don’t get it,” which is a common misconception that only children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. “But, then my reaction was: ‘Oh no, I’m going to have to inject’ and thinking about what that would mean in practical terms.”.

Type 1 Diabetes Stats:

  • Theresa May was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes over 40 years of age
  • 1 in 5 people who are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes are over 40
  • Around 10% of people with Diabetes in the UK are Type 1
  • Life expectancy is reduced by around 20 years
  • Type 1 Diabetes is more common in children (over 542,000 living with Diabetes worldwide)

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  • Smoker Status: Non-Smoker
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  • Cover Term: 22 years
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  • Treatment Type – Insulin

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