In this episode, I speak to George West from Learn Diabetes who has been living with type 1 diabetes for 3.5 years. George was diagnosed with type 1 whilst he was in medical school. We discuss the challenges that his diagnosis bought in particular how George processed the mental aspect of it. In his first appointment with his endocrinologist, which was the day after he was diagnosed he asked to put on a flash glucose monitor!
George talks about the first six months after his diagnosis and how he navigated various challenges including medical school, friends and exercise. Exercise was and still is a big part of George’s life and we talk about how a poignant moment with a psychologist help George to overcome the barrier of exercising with type 1 diabetes. George and his friend have set up an Instagram page called Learn Diabetes which we discuss towards the end of our chat.
In this episode when talking about glucose levels we use mmols. If you use milligrams per deciliter then multiply the mmol number by 18 to convert.
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A bit about the show and host
The Talking Type 1 podcast is a diabetes podcast by Daniel Newman. Daniel brings to you interviews from members of the diabetes community sharing their journeys of the ups and downs of living with type 1 diabetes. You’ll hear from those who live with type 1 diabetes, provide care to those living with type 1, healthcare professionals and experts in their field.
The interviews will be an open and honest insight into life with type 1 diabetes that you can relate to and also provide the opportunity to learn more about the condition. Daniel will share his insights into his life living with type 1 diabetes. Daniel has lived with the condition along with for over 24 years. He also lives with diabetic retinopathy and received a kidney transplant in 2018.
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