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
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 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
Moya added in response:
"Thank you so much to you and your team for your care of me over