Hemel man’s diabetes tip featured in book

Leslie Packer, of Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
Leslie Packer, of Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead

A Hemel man with Type 1 diabetes has shared one of his tips on living with the condition in a national campaign.

Leslie Packer, 66, lives in Boxmoor and was diagnosed in 2013 and his tip has appeared in Diabetes UK’s free book ‘100 Things I Wish I’d Known About Diabetes’.

Leslie’s tip, which is ‘Check your blood glucose level before brushing your teeth at night in case you need a bedtime snack,’ was chosen from more than 1,000 that were submitted.

New figures show that 700 people are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK every day – that’s one person every two minutes.

The charity says that people often find that a diabetes diagnosis leaves them isolated and with unanswered questions.

To help people get a better understanding of their condition, Diabetes UK has enlisted the support of Leslie and others with experience of diabetes to share great tips and handy hints across every aspect of life with the condition.

This is anything from going on holiday and eating out, to working out and managing diabetes alongside work, relationships and more.

Sharon Roberts, Diabetes UK Eastern Head, said: “We are really grateful to Leslie for drawing on his own experience of living with diabetes to share advice with others who are affected by the condition.”