Ken - Interview 29
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Ken was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 56 years old. He used to work in London for part of the week but once his diabetes was diagnosed he chose to work part-time. Ken had urinary tract/prostate problems for about a year before diabetes was diagnosed. He describes feeling 'pissed off' when he found out he had diabetes because he knew that it was a chronic progressive disease which would affect his work and social life.
Ken was put on metformin and given advice about how to change his diet. He has used the internet extensively to find out more about diabetes, diet and medication. Though he and his wife now eat more healthily, he felt confused by the standard dietary advice provided for diabetics. He thinks that eating more vegetables and protein helps him control his blood glucose levels better than if he were to eat alot of complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal and pasta. Ken feels much more tired than before and doesn't find it easy to take as much exercise as he should. He used to play squash 3 or 4 times a week, but says that peripheral neuropathy in his lower legs and feet has made squash impossible.
Initially Ken thought he might have prostate problems.
So why did you feel that there was something more to the problem than what the GPs were investigating?
Well one thing was small white spots on the bathroom carpet, which my wife picked up, which apparently is characteristic of diabetes, but I didn't know that of course at the time. It certainly wasn't characteristic of prostate or urinary tract infection. And I guess I wasn't overweight, my cholesterol was okay. My blood pressure, which they did, was perfectly normal, so they just didn't suspect for a while.