Theresa May Diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1

Added 29/07/2013

The news that Home Secretary, Theresa May has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes illustrates how a diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t have to change your life.

If the condition is managed properly, either through insulin injections in the case of type 1 diabetes, or with a healthy diet and increased physical activity in the case of diabetes type 2, diabetics should be able to go about their life as normal, including continuing with demanding jobs and foreign travel.

Theresa May’s diagnosis also highlights that diabetes can strike unexpectedly so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms, such as tiredness, drinking lots of water and unexpected weight loss.

If you do experience these symptoms visit your doctor for a check-up, as left unmanaged diabetes can have serious side effects including, nerve damage, heart disease, kidney damage and high blood pressure.

Travel insurance for diabetics

If you do suffer from diabetes, either diabetes type 1 or diabetes type 2 it’s very important to make sure that the condition is covered by your travel insurance — otherwise you could be at risk of incurring large medical bills if you fall ill abroad.

Travel insurance's main purpose is to cover the cost of emergency medical treatment abroad, so in order to be fully covered you need provide a full picture of your health, by declaring all existing medical conditions, including diabetes (even if you don’t have to take medication).

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For further advice about travelling abroad with diabetes visit your doctor or Diabetes UK.

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