Testimonial

Diego Bartra Bazán

Peru
 
Ongoing education has been the most important for my diabetes care

How long have you been living with diabetes?

I have been living with type 1 diabetes for 20 years.

How were you diagnosed?

I was diagnosed in the emergency room of a clinic after falling into a diabetic coma.

Did your diagnosis come as a surprise to you?

Yes.

How did your diagnosis affect your family or loved ones?

It made my family stronger.

What are the most important things that have supported your diabetes care?

Ongoing education about my condition.

What has living with diabetes taught you the most?

Diabetes has taught how to be a stronger person and overcome obstacles.

Have you ever experienced issues accessing diabetes medicines, supplies and care?

Yes.

What would you like to see change in diabetes over the next 100 years?

I would like to see a cure and national governments doing all they can to to provide people with diabetes with what they need to live well.

What do you think needs to change to improve the lives of people living with diabetes in your country?

There should be better access to specialised treatment for type 1 diabetes, such as insulins and monitoring equipment.

What does the centenary of insulin mean to you?

I am thankful that insulin has allowed me to stay alive.

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