Sir Lindsay Hoyle has revealed he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes days before the General Election.
The newly appointed Speaker, 62, said he lost almost three stone in recent months and was "still in shock" over the diagnosis.
“I’m on tablets, as well as having to inject insulin, but it doesn’t stop me carrying on and nothing is going to be a barrier to me," he said. The MP for Chorley said that he still felt "really well" and it was "good news" that they knew what the illness was.
Our Chief Executive Chris Askew said:
"Diabetes UK really welcomes Sir Lindsay taking the step of talking about his type 1 diagnosis, and using his profile and position to help raise awareness of this serious condition.
"Living with type 1 diabetes can be hard, but as Sir Lindsay’s experiences have shown, with the right support from your healthcare team – and careful management – people can live full and healthy lives following their diagnosis.
"It’s often thought that type 1 diabetes only affects children but, while it’s less common to see someone of Sir Lindsay’s age diagnosed, it can affect a person at any time in their life. That’s why knowing the signs and symptoms of diabetes – the four Ts – can be a life-saver.
"So if you’re going to the toilet a lot, experiencing increased thirst, are more tired than usual, or losing weight without trying, you should speak to a healthcare professional."