James Norton was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November 2010 and has been an ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) ever since. What are the symptoms of type 1 diabetes? “I have to inject carbohydrates every time I eat carbohydrates – up to 15 times a day, with 5mm needles that you use discreetly,” James told The Times. The 35-year-old continued, “I also have this device called the Dexcom – a subcutaneous glucose monitor.
“”[It] Bluetooth my phone and tell me what my sugar is. Before that, I had to draw blood from my finger. “
James said of his condition, “Being diabetic doesn’t hold you back.
“For example, it would never interfere with a role, especially physically.”
Since War & Peace, James has appeared in Black Mirror, McMafia and Little Women.
Type 1 diabetes
Diabetes UK charity said type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease.
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The autoimmune state causes the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas to be destroyed.
As a result, the body cannot make enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels (i.e. sugar).
The loss of insulin production means that regular insulin administration is required.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes include:
- Above average thirst
- Fatigue during the day
- Having to pee regularly
- Inexplicable weight loss
- Genital itching
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Those diagnosed with the condition after age 35 can hear that the condition is referred to as “latent autoimmune diabetes in adulthood”.
What causes the faulty immune system is not yet known. However, research suggests that both the environment and genes play a role.
“To date, the strongest evidence suggests that a virus is the most likely trigger,” Diabetes UK said.
Type 1 diabetes can be confirmed by a blood test by a doctor.
Without treatment, type 1 diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, retinopathy, kidney disease, and neuropathy.
Maintaining good glucose control can reduce a person’s risk of developing serious complications.
James told JDRF that “treating the disease is challenging,” but hasn’t let it get in his way.
James Norton will appear on BBC One’s Graham Norton Show on Friday January 22nd at 10:45 pm.