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Sam’s story: My type 2 diagnosis came as a complete surprise

Sam Dottin


"My blood glucose levels are now better than they’ve been since I was diagnosed, and I feel like I’m much more into control of my health."

Sam was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes nine years ago, aged 41. Her diagnosis came as a complete surprise, and she went into denial as she didn’t understand the reality of living with diabetes. Recently, she has actively looked for new ways to manage her blood sugar levels, and successfully pushed her healthcare team for approval of a three-month Dexcom ONE CGM trial. Sam works at Diabetes UK as a National Diabetes Audit Engagement Lead.


Type 2 diabetes diagnosis

I found out I was living with type 2 diabetes nine years ago. I was hosting an event and there was a nurse in attendance as part of the event who asked if she could do a general health check. When she tested my blood sugar she saw it was really high, so she asked if I had any history of diabetes in my family. That’s when I found out I could have had type 2 diabetes, which was later confirmed by my GP.  

Life with diabetes


Until recently, I never really engaged with any services for diabetes. I didn’t have any symptoms and I didn’t really take it seriously. But I had experienced a bereavement during the pandemic, and some time afterwards I realised I wanted to take living with diabetes more seriously.  

Then in 2021 I joined Diabetes UK, and I developed a better understanding of what things I can do to manage my health, and how to say no to certain food that affects my blood sugar levels.  



In January, I was put on new medication: Victoza injections, and metformin. Since then my weight has dropped, and my blood sugar levels have improved. 

But I still didn’t understand what makes my blood sugar go low or high; each day can be completely different to the next. For several months I have been trying to understand it more, as someone who is now engaged with their management.  

Earlier this year I requested with my healthcare team to use a blood glucose monitor and finger pricking to check my blood sugar levels. But the readings weren’t really making any sense to me, and I realised I needed a device to monitor my levels 24/7. So I requested the use of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with my nurse.  

The nurse told me that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines say that I’m not entitled to a CGM, but I persisted and she took my query to a GP partner to see if they would grant me access.  

I know that tech is not generally for people in my situation, but I am trying to understand my diabetes and have had to push quite hard. 

Diabetes UK and me

Moving foward

In June 2023, my nurse called me one morning and said that I was being given a 3-month trial of a Dexcom ONE CGM. I was ecstatic! 

Being at Diabetes UK gave me the confidence to push for this, and within just a few days of using the CGM I noticed that stress and anxiety were factors for my blood sugar being higher.  

My blood glucose levels are now better than they’ve been since I was diagnosed, and I feel like I’m much more in control of my health.  

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