Diabetes sufferer awarded medal for coping for 50 years

MEDAL: Margaret Lock, from Great Cornard.
MEDAL: Margaret Lock, from Great Cornard.
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A Great Cornard woman who has successfully kept her diabetes under control for half-a-century has received an award.

Margaret Lock, 81, was presented with the Alan Nabarro medal by Diabetes UK at St Leonard’s Hospital in Sudbury on Thursday.

The award is given to patients who have managed type one diabetes – which involves up to four insulin injections a day – for 50 years.

Nishan Wijenaike, a consultant in diabetes at West Suffolk Hospital, said Ms Lock – diagnosed in 1962 – was an example to others.

“Type one diabetes is a lifelong condition that can be successfully managed, allowing people to continue to lead a normal day-to-day life,” he said.

“Margaret is a testament to this as living with this diabetes for such a long time is a real achievement.”