British Home Secretary, Theresa May, has revealed her recent diagnosis with type 1 diabetes.
According to a BBC report doctors initially thought Mrs May had type 2 diabetes, but two months ago it was revealed to be type 1 diabetes. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail she admitted that it was “It was a real shock” and that although it took her a while to come to terms with the diagnosis she is determined to continue with her gruelling routine as Home Secretary.
In the interview May told the Mail that “It started last November. I’d had a bad cold and cough for quite a few weeks. I went to my GP and she did a blood test which showed I’d got a very high sugar level – that’s what revealed the diabetes.” Although she had all of the classic symptoms – weight loss, thirst and extreme tiredness, initially doctors thought the 56-year-old politician was suffering from type 2 diabetes.
For months the British media speculated that Home Secretary May’s weight loss was linked to a potential Conservative Party leadership bid, but she said it was all a due to her illness and that she had no plans regarding Conservative Party leadership.
When asked about her ability to remain in office while dealing with type 1 diabetes May said: “It doesn’t and will not affect my ability to do my work. I’m a little more careful about what I eat and there’s obviously the injections, but this is something millions of people have. I’m OK with needles, fortunately.”