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