Medal for man with diabetes

By Ian Dipple Friday 28 June 2013 Updated: 28/06 09:49

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A Church Hill man has been recognised for his courage and perseverance for living with diabetes.

Eric Saunders received the Robert Lawrence Medal from Diabetes UK as recognition of how he has dealt with living with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus over 60 years.

Type 1 Diabetes is a condition in which the body stops making insulin resulting in a rise of blood glucose level and causing internal organ damage. It is currently treated with lifelong insulin injections.

Mr Saunders was presented with his medal at a recent ceremony along with members of the local branch of Diabetes UK, members of the Diabetes specialist team and Dr Irfan Barber, consultant endocrinologist at the Alexandra Hospital.

Dr Barber said: “Mr Saunders has shown from his dedication that it is perfectly possible to achieve a good control of type 1 diabetes over a very long period of time and live a normal life.”

Mr Saunders said the achievement would not have been possible without the support of his wife of over 30 years, Jean.

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