Medal for male with diabetes for 80 years

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Clifford Whittaker was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 8 years old

A licentiate who has lived with diabetes for 80 years has turn a initial chairman in a UK to get a award for a approach he has coped with a condition.

Clifford Whittaker, 88, from Colchester, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 8 years old.

He was awarded a award by a gift Diabetes UK that described him as “an inspiration”.

“My diabetes has never stopped me doing anything,” pronounced Mr Whittaker, adding he had usually stopped pushing dual years ago.

If feeble managed or left untreated, diabetes can lead to blindness or amputations.

‘Long and healthy life’

Mr Whittaker pronounced he had managed to live with a condition for so prolonged interjection to his late mother Doreen, to whom he was married for 60 years.

The integrate met while operative in a honeyed emporium in Hertfordshire.

He said: “Doreen upheld divided 6 years ago. But she used to demeanour after me unequivocally good and make certain we was eating scrupulously and generally looking after myself,” pronounced Mr Whittaker.


people in a UK have Type 1 diabetes

  • 10% of all diabeties is Type 1 – where a pancreas doesn’t furnish any insulin

  • 40 Most people are diagnosed in their childhood and before they strech a age of 40

“My diabetes has never stopped me doing anything and people have always been unequivocally kind. we worked in a salary dialect of a association until we late in my 60s.”

Sharon Robert, of Diabetes UK said: “He is an inspiration, and has unequivocally shown that by handling your diabetes good we can live a prolonged and healthy life”.

Mr Whittaker was given an HG Wells award that is awarded to people who have lived with a condition for 80 years.

Novelist HG Wells co-founded a Diabetic Association – now Diabetes UK – with Dr Robert Lawrence in 1934. They both had a condition.