David Andrews violin man, Type 2 diabetes, HbA1c, metformin, gliclizide

LIVINGLIVING

D

avid Andrews took

retired from teaching

10 years ago, then

rather unexpectedly

ended up with a

second career that still keeps him busy,

restoring violins. His website can be

found at www.violinman.com, a cottage

industry that he operates from his home

in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Andrews has Type 2 diabetes treated

with insulin, but his journey to reaching

this point in his diabetes care has taken

several decades. Part of that journey has

included treatment for prostate cancer

two years ago.

It was while he was at the University

of Reading when he was in his late teens

and early 20s that Andrews needed to

take antihistamines for his hayfever. He

looks back and says, "I had some blood

test done at the time which picked up on

my having slightly raised blood glucose

levels, but just under the threshold for

a diagnosis of diabetes. There was no

diabetes in the family so it was a little bit

unexpected."

For the next 10 years he ended up

teaching music at a local school then,

when he was in his early 30s, he moved

up to Harrogate with his wife, whom he'd

married when they were both just 20. "I

moved up to Harrogate to teach in a post

that I intended to do for around 10 years,

but we ended up staying 30 years, until

we both retired. We have a son and two

daughters who live here, along with a host

of grandchildren, which keep us here."

To the max

Several years ago I went for a checkup

with my GP, who discovered that I had

high blood pressure. At that point I also

had another routine blood test and again

it was noted that my blood glucose levels

were slightly raised. I was told to eat

sensibly and given advice on what they

called a 'diabetic diet'. That worked for a

while, then it was decided that I needed

to start taking medication and went on

to Metformin and Gliclizide then, a few

years later, I was moved on to twicedaily insulin injections. I have been taking

those for the last three years but now my

HbA1c seems to be creeping up again.

One factor has been a course of hormone

injections I had to take to combat the

prostate cancer, which in turn raised

my blood glucose levels. It meant I had

to increase the insulin doses until I was

taking a daily total of 100 units of Novamix

3 using a prefilled Flexpen. That was a

problem both because insulin leads you

to lay down fat, but also the hormone

treatment made me tired, so it was hard

to get motivated to do exercise. I did have

fabulous support from the local Macmillan

nurses, who were a great help."

Andrews has always been treated by

the diabetes lead at his local GP, apart

from when he first went on medication

at the age of 55 when he was under the

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DAVID ANDREWS

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