The 14th November is recognised globally each year as World Diabetes Day. It’s also the birthday of Frederick Banting, whose work with Charles Best led to the discovery of insulin, a drug used to treat diabetes, in 1921.
The aim of the day is to raise as much awareness as possible around the condition,which affects around 422 million people globally.
Bringing it a little closer to home, six per cent of the island’s population is said to be living with diabetes, so around 5,000 people. But diabetes doesn’t just affect the person who has it. A diabetes diagnosis, particularly in children, is a diagnosis for the family.
We’ve teamed up with local charity Diabetes IOM to speak to a number of local people living with diabetes, to try and understand a bit more about the condition, and how it impacts their daily lives.
If you would like more information on diabetes or would like to support Diabetes Isle of Man visit their website diabetesisleofman.com or contact them directly on 622325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org