May diagnosed with diabetes

Home Secretary Theresa May has revealed she is suffering from Type 1 diabetes. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the Conservative MP said doctors have told her to inject herself with insulin at least twice a day for the rest of her life.

Theresa May 'shock' at Type 1 diabetes diagnosis

Theresa May has spoken of her shock after being diagnosed with a chronic illness, but insisted it will not affect her demanding political career.

The Home Secretary was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two months ago and must now inject herself with insulin at least twice a day for the rest of her life, the Mail on Sunday revealed. She told the newspaper:

The diabetes doesn't affect how I do the job or what I do. It's just part of life... so it's a case of head down and getting on with it. It was a real shock and, yes, it took me a while to come to terms with it.

It started last November. I'd had a bad cold and cough for quite a few weeks. I went to my GP and she did a blood test which showed I'd got a very high sugar level - that's what revealed the diabetes.

There was weight loss but then I was already making an effort to be careful about diet and to get my gym sessions in.

Tiredness - speak to any politician and they will tell you the hours they work. Tiredness can be part of the job. It is full on.

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