AS PART of National Diabetes Awareness Week and to prevent other people from getting diabetes, Portland’s Richard Mooney has spoken out about his condition.
In 2002, at the age of 52, Mr Mooney was diagnosed with Type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes.
“I might have been a bit borderline before that,” Mr Mooney said.
“I think it might have been lots of stress and not eating properly.”
Mr Mooney said before his diagnosis, he would often eat takeaway food as a result of his job.
“I realised something wasn’t right when I was feeling off one afternoon with shakes and hunger, which went away after eating something. At first I thought it might have been my cholesterol,” Mr Mooney said.
However, he admits, “I wasn’t really surprised, as I had been warned a few years before I was at risk.”
Mr Mooney is very grateful to Judy Fenton, Portland’s diabetes coordinator, for her help following the diagnosis.
“She’s a wonderful person to know if you have diabetes,” Mr Mooney said.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.