Ignorance about our condition is putting diabetics’ lives at risk

‘Hypo’ – a short film currently doing the rounds of the festival circuit – dramatises many of the struggles we face, writes James Moore

Saturday 07 March 2020 13:19
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We type 1s have no insulin-producing cells in our pancreases, so have to inject it, and regularly prick our fingers to test our blood sugar levels
We type 1s have no insulin-producing cells in our pancreases, so have to inject it, and regularly prick our fingers to test our blood sugar levels

Hypo – a short film currently doing the rounds of the festival circuit – dramatises the real-life experience of footballer-turned-actor Jonsel Gourkan, a type 1 diabetic who plays himself.

We see him butting heads with his manager and being told to knuckle down by his agent. The morning before game day, he wakes up late, and with low blood sugar, or hypoglycaemia.

People who have or know people with the condition: you can probably make a good guess about how it progresses from there.

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