Michael Donohoe, USA

Type 2 diabetes was very prevalent in my father’s family. He lost family members to kidney and related cardiovascular issues and my mother also lost a brother to diabetes. She was diagnosed with the condition six months before me.

When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I also discovered that I had a heart condition. I was living on my own and got married shortly after. The diagnosis changed some of my habits like going out with friends and I started to eat healthier and exercise more. Given my family history, I was anxious that my diagnosis could lead to an early death.

Time has provided perspective and now that I live with multiple complications and related conditions, I am less anxious and more focused on what I can do to help others. I have five children and am a little concerned that they will develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives. I therefore keep an eye on any potential risk factors that they may have.