Colin thanks a Queensland medical legend

Colin _Kellion _2018


Fifty-four years after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Brassall's Colin Whyte has received a medal to mark the occasion.


"In 1964 when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was growing up on a dairy and pig farm," Colin said.


"My parents were so busy that I had to look after my diabetes myself.


"I didn't want to accept I had diabetes when I was young so I wouldn't test my glucose levels or give myself needles and would end up back in hospital in a coma.


"Dr Alan Stocks at the PA Hospital took over my care, and I have never looked back since."


Unlike type 2 diabetes, the onset of type 1 cannot be predicted or slowed through treatment, diet or exercise. It is an autoimmune condition that destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Nearly 23,000 Queenslanders have type 1 diabetes and must inject synthetic insulin several times a day.


The challenge for people injecting insulin is finding the delicate balance between the danger of a coma caused by hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose, or hypo) on one hand and the deadly risk of diabetic ketoacidosis, caused by hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose), on the other.


Colin celebrated his 54th anniversary of living with type 1 diabetes at a gathering of Kellion Victory Medal recipients, staged on Sunday by Diabetes Queensland to highlight World Diabetes Day on November 14 at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club.


The medals were presented by none other than his Dr Alan Stocks AM of the Kellion Diabetes Foundation. Dr Stocks has also lived with type 1 diabetes for most of his adult life.


"Dr Stocks told me to not let my diabetes control me but that I had to control it. I took his advice and that changed things for me," Colin said.


Colin, who loves fishing, is the proud father of three children and six grandchildren, none of whom has type 1 diabetes.



World Diabetes Day is November 14 2018, a day to appreciate the role family plays and the many ways they help us all to maintain good health and wellbeing.  #mydiabetesfamily 

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