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Born in Reading in 1944.
Diagnosed Type 2 in Oxford in 1994

Overview: Edward Walsh was the son of a village baker. He left school at 15 and trained as an electromechanical engineer. He always had a weight problem but played a lot of sport and felt he had a sensible diet, so was disappointed and upset when he was diagnosed at the age of 50. He controlled his diabetes with diet only, then tablets, then insulin from 2000 but had a remarkable period of 3 months in 2002 when he was able to give up insulin altogether, while working on a contract in French Guyana.

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People with Diabetes 
More than 50 people with diabetes, diagnosed between 1927 and 2007, talk about how diabetes has affected – or not affected – their work, family life and friendships. They describe their encounters with the health service and with individual healthcare professionals and reflect on their experiences of changes in treatment and technology.

Together these interviews cover a crucial period in the history of diabetes - between the beginning of insulin treatment in 1923 and 21st century techniques that offer hope of a cure. They also cover a crucial period in the history of healthcare in the UK - before and after the 1948 creation of the National Health Service, which offered free care to everyone ‘from the cradle to the grave’.

The earliest memories of the period are provided by people whose (Type 1) diabetes was diagnosed when they were children, but there are also accounts by people whose (Type 2) diabetes was diagnosed in more recent decades.

In addition, there are interviews with 50 more people who cared for those with diabetes during the same period, including family members and healthcare professionals.
 
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