Living life with diabetes

2 weeks ago Tue 14th Jun 2022

This week is Diabetes Awareness Week, and this year’s theme celebrates everyone who’s living their lives while managing this constantly changing condition.

It’s also Men’s Health Week, and as 1 in 10 men have diabetes and are more likely to be affected by the condition and get complications, we spoke to Trev Jackett, one of our drivers, who is managing life with Type 2 Diabetes.

Diabetes basically means that glucose can’t get into your cells properly and stays in blood, which can cause long-term damage to your heart, eyes, feet and kidneys.

According to Trev, it’s relatively simple to control. He says: “You’ve just got to plan ahead. Doing shift work, you have to make sure you have something to eat and drink with you, else you can become tired and lose concentration – not ideal for a driver.

“If you think you may be diabetic, get a blood test and find out. It’s not the end of the world, it’s not as intrusive as people think. You can still go out and live a normal life, you just have to be careful with your sugar intake.”

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Finding cuts and wounds take longer to heal
  • Having blurred vision
  • Getting thrush

For many people, the condition can be managed through a combination of medication and lifestyle.

For more information about diagnosing and living with diabetes, visit the Diabetes UK website. To find out more about Men’s Health Week, visit the Men's Health Week website.