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Trafford resident celebrates medal for seventy-year diabetes milestone

73 year old Sale resident Moya Chalmers received the Diabetes UK John Macleod medal this Monday for successfully managing type 1 diabetes for 70 years.

Moya Chalmers was presented with the award at Trafford General's Diabetes Centre, where she regularly visits for check-ups and treatment. Retired Trafford General Diabetes Consultant, Bill Stephens presented Moya with the award on behalf of Diabetes UK.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn't produce any insulin - the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. If the amount of glucose in the blood is too high, it can, over time, seriously damage the body's organs.

The condition has been linked to a lower life expectancy with sufferers expected to live 11 years less than the average person. Those with the condition must watch their lifestyle and health carefully, monitoring their diet and exercising regularly.

Moya ChalmersMoya was diagnosed at age two in 1944, when the use of the insulin which she depends on was relatively new. The medal she has received is named after the man who discovered insulin with colleague Frederick Banting in 1921. John Macleod went on to win half of the Nobel Prize as a result of the discovery which revolutionised the treatment of what, at the time, was considered a fatal condition.

She regularly visits the dedicated diabetes centre at Trafford General which opened in 2008 following a £500,000 fundraising campaign. The centre provides specialist care and clinics, nutritional advice, patient education, retinal screening and podiatry services all under one roof.

Dr Bill Stephens said:

"It gives me great pleasure to present Moya with this precious medal. I've given a number of 50 year medals, some 60 years, but this is my first 70 year medal. In fact we have only recently started to present them here in the UK.

"I looked after all Moya throughout my 28 year career at Trafford General and this is such a fantastic achievement for her. It is wonderful to see her here looking so well and to give her this medal."

Moya added in response:

"Thank you so much to you and your team for your care of me over the years."