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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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“When it comes to shopping and preparing meals, I don’t do anything particularly differently.”

Edinburgh-based Margot cooks for her husband, John, and her two sons, who all have Type 1 diabetes.

“My husband, John, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 34 years ago and both of my (now grown-up) sons and my nephew also have the condition.

“When John was first diagnosed, it felt like hard work to manage his condition. Things have really changed. It’s a doddle now when you compare it to the old days, when it was all about constant calculations and exchanges and worrying about carb content. Our first holiday after the diagnosis was so stressful, always having to dash back to the caravan to measure and weigh food. Things have come such a long way now.

“Nowadays, when it comes to shopping and preparing meals, I don’t do anything particularly differently. We all just make sure that we buy things that are healthy, and that’s not only because of the diabetes. We also make sure that we have our treats at the end of a meal.

“Every Saturday, we head out for a Chinese meal together and John and my sons take their insulin accordingly. They’re simply careful with their food choices.

“We try to nurture a positive attitude. Your whole outlook has got to be positive. You control diabetes – it doesn’t control you. Everything can be managed and you must err on the positive.

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