Type 1 diabetic James Norton shared an impassioned post on his Instagram on Monday to raise awareness of World Diabetes Day.
The 37-year-old actor opened up about how the condition can be a “complete bummer” and “life-threatening” as he urged people to show “support” for all “diabetic warriors”.
He went on to say that he was grateful to live in a country with free access to the medicine and technology he needed, while challenging that one day there would be a cure.
Kind: Type 1 diabetic James Norton shared an impassioned post on his Instagram on Monday to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day
For his post, he posed with his two insulin pens and in another shot also revealed a sensor at his side that measures glucose in the blood.
He wrote: “Today is World Diabetes Day. It’s a day to raise awareness about diabetes. But also just to show some love and support for all the diabetic warriors out there.
“At best, our condition is a constant problem. At worst, it’s a complete bitch that can be potentially life-threatening on a daily basis if not properly cared for.
Awareness: For his post, he posed with his two insulin pens and in another shot also revealed a sensor at his side that measures glucose in the blood
“These two insulin pens I’m holding and the @dexcom sensor on my butt keep me alive every day. You have no idea how valuable these little devices are to us T1s and how grateful I am to live in a country where we have free access to this type of medicine and technology.
“That means a cure would be nice. So visit @jdrf_uk to see how you can get involved. And then find a diabetic and buy him a Diet Coke.”
It comes after James took to Instagram to reflect on living with type 1 diabetes last November to shed light on Diabetes Awareness Month.
Candid: The 37-year-old actor opened up about how the condition can be a “complete b***h” and “life-threatening” as he urged people to show “support” for all “diabetic warriors”.
Alongside a shirtless picture of himself on the beach in Kent showing off his Dexcom device, the Grantchester star wrote that the condition was like having a “really annoying boyfriend”.
He wrote in the caption: “November is Diabetes Awareness Month so this is a proud salute from a cool beach in Kent to all my Type 1 warriors out there. Being a type 1 diabetic is like having a really annoying boyfriend.”
He continued, “It requires constant care and attention, and patience and fortitude, but can occasionally be an odd kind of support and even a force…
“It helps you be more empathetic. It encourages you to take care of yourself and your health, as well as those around you.’
To be clear, type 1 diabetes causes blood sugar levels to get too high, which happens when your body can’t produce enough insulin
The second photo in the post showed the respected actor wearing a red beanie and posing with a diabetes charity bracelet.
Type 1 diabetes causes the levels of glucose in your blood to get too high, which happens when your body can’t produce enough insulin.
This is controlled by daily insulin injections that keep blood sugar levels low and under control.
James detailed his new device, called the Dexcom G6, which monitors the glucose levels in his blood and connects them to his phone via Bluetooth.
Using his platform: It comes after James took to Instagram last November to reflect on living with type 1 diabetes to shed light on Diabetes Awareness Month
He wrote, “One of the reasons to be grateful right now as a diabetic is the advances in diabetes care and the steps being taken toward a possible cure…
“I’m so lucky to have access to the Dexcom G6, the device you can see clipped to my arm. It transmits my blood sugar level to my phone via Bluetooth every few minutes, helping me stay in control of my blood sugar levels day and night…
“It’s known as CGM (Constant Glucose Monitoring), and Dexcom was a pioneer in this type of technology. Going from the old fashioned fingerprint blood test to CGM was a complete game changer for me.’
He explained how the device has improved his life: “Life as an actor is unpredictable which makes it difficult to stick to a routine and as a result my levels used to be quite erratic…
Fight: Alongside a shirtless picture of himself on the beach in Kent showing off his Dexcom device, he wrote that the condition was like having a “really annoying boyfriend”.
“Since using Dexcom, not only has my average glucose level improved greatly, but I spend a lot less time thinking and worrying about my diabetes.”
“Most importantly, it helps my long-term health. The better a diabetic can control their blood sugar levels, the less likely they are to face health complications later in life
Devices vary in price and cost £1000 for a monitor that doesn’t require a pump, £500 with an insulin pump and £40-60 for sensors.
James continued, “With that in mind, it’s imperative that we make this type of technology available to all Type 1 vehicles…
“The reality is that many people with diabetes in the UK are self-funding for CGM and it is not widely available on the NHS. That needs to change. Please help us spread the word!’
Currently, NHS patients are eligible for CGM if they have type 1 diabetes and are pregnant, but in some areas it may be available to others.
Patients may also borrow CGMs if availability permits.
What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes causes the levels of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high.
It occurs when your body can’t produce enough of a hormone called insulin, which regulates blood sugar.
You need daily insulin injections to keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Managing type 1 diabetes can take time to adjust, but you can still do the things you enjoy. This guide aims to help you with that.
Type 1 diabetes isn’t linked to age or obesity – those things are linked to type 2 diabetes.
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