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Dan’s story

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I started on them, a twice-a-day regime. But it wasn’t really working. I couldn’t seem to get very good levels of control. I seemed to either be blood sugar too high or blood sugar too low and having hypos, which obviously is regrettable.
After that, I moved on to a four-times-a-day regime which was supposed to offer me more flexibility, but it had the unfortunate side effect of knocking me out every night.
I was unconscious about quarter to 7:00 usually. It was quite reliable. But and yeah, I was quite ill in those days. And I couldn’t really do anything. So I was not really playing any sports anymore. I couldn’t really do any of that. My driving lessons had to stop because I’d just pass out, and that’s frowned upon. Yeah. It was an interesting time. It was an interesting time, certainly.

In Week 2 we introduced you to Dan when we were discussing the use of non-genetic tests to recognise patients who may have MODY (the most common form of monogenic diabetes).

When Dan was diagnosed with diabetes he was told he had Type 1 diabetes and was started on insulin injections. In this video, Dan tells us about the difficulties he had with hypoglycaemia when he was taking insulin injections and the impact this had on his daily life.

The family had asked for genetic testing, as a distant family member had previously been identified with HNF1A MODY, but their local team did not understand the potential impact of an alternative diagnosis.

We asked for genetic testing many times and they said, “We’ll never take him off insulin so what’s the point?”. Dan’s Mum
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