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People urged to paint 'The Big Picture' of life with diabetes

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People urged to paint 'The Big Picture' of life with diabetes

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 12th June 2020.

A charity is encouraging people to help them paint #TheBigPicture of life with diabetes, as this week (8 to 14 June) marks Diabetes Week.

Diabetes UK is asking people to share their experiences, with the aim of bringing the diabetes community together and show more people the realities of living with the disease.

They will be sharing inspirational stories on their social media channels this week.

Last year, Manoj Rawal was told by his doctor that he was on the borderline of diabetes.

He went on to join a Diabetes UK walking group in Leatherhead, which has helped him to completely give up sugar.

Manoj told Eagle Radio he was inspired to change his lifestyle by his mother, who was diabetic and had to inject insulin:

"My mother, at 70 she fought back and she gave up and in the end she was on medicine only - she wasn't taking any insulin, she was only taking tablets.

"If she can do it, it encouraged me."

This year, Diabetes Week comes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with diabetics vulnerable to developing a severe illness if they catch the disease.

Manoj went on to talk about the impact of coronavirus on his family, and why he thinks this year's theme is so important:

"Sadly, I lost my cousin's husband.

"He had diabetes and a kidney problem - he got coronavirus and within a few days he just passed away.

"We should make more and more people aware of diabetes and by just taking a few simple precautions you can keep diabetes away from yourself.

"So I think we should try that and make more and more people aware of diabetes."

To take part in #TheBigPicture, simply post the hash tag on your social media channels.

Anybody who needs extra support with their diabetes can call Diabetes UK's helpline on 0345 123 2399 or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk .