A TROWBRIDGE man has received a medal from Diabetes UK after living with diabetes for almost all his life.

Pete Flannery, 69, was diagnosed with type one diabetes when he was nine. After managing his condition well over the years, he has now received the Robert Lawrence medal, which Diabetes UK awards to people with diabetes in recognition of their courage and perseverance in handling the condition successfully for 60 years.

Mr Flannery, a retired quality assurance administrator, said: “When I was given an insulin pump in 2016, it was a life changer. It made life so easy. I had not been as good at blood testing previously, but it was going onto a pump that started me doing regular finger prick testing.

“I now have much better control and like being able to see all my data, such as the results of every blood test I do and the volume of insulin I use.

“I have had many jobs over the years, but fortunately my diabetes has never been a serious difficulty and my record of sickness absence was exemplary.”

People with type one diabetes cannot produce insulin and have to take insulin doses to stay alive. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable.

Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK South West Regional Head, said: “Pete Flannery is an inspiration, and has really shown how the right information, support and technology can help you lead a long, fulfilling life in spite of your diabetes.

“Diabetes is a serious and complex condition. It can lead to devastating complications such as sight loss, amputation and stroke.”

For further information go to www.diabetes.org.uk