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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