Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Living with Killer Disease; Medal Given to Man for Reaching 50-Year Milestone

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Living with Killer Disease; Medal Given to Man for Reaching 50-Year Milestone

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EMMA REID

JOURNALIST

emma.reid@news-mail.com.au

FIFTY years ago a boy was about to start high school when, without warning, he became very ill and lost 6kg in just one week.

At the time Wayne Willey and his family didn't know what was wrong, but the young lad found he had a thirst that could not be quenched.

He was admitted to the Mater Hospital where he and another boy were in a ward with sick men, one of whom died on the first night he was there.

After some testing he was diagnosed with diabetes.

"It was very daunting for a 12-year-old," Mr Willey said.

Unlike Type 2 diabetes, the onset of Type 1 cannot be predicted or slowed through treatment, diet or exercise.

A Diabetes Queensland spokeswoman said it was an autoimmune condition that results in the destruction of insulin producing cells in the pancreas.

"More than 22,000 Queenslanders have Type 1 diabetes and must inject synthetic insulin several times a day," she said. …

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