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Nina Oldenburg - Germany - Type 1 diabetes (03:37)
As a child Nina still remembers how happy she was when her doctor told her that she could eat sweets again, just like all the other children at school. A year earlier, she had begun to feel thirsty all the time, lose weight and suffer severe cramps. Shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She was just eight years old.
Exceling at school, Nina passed her exams and finished top of her class. Showing the same levels of determination, she went on to run two half-marathons and renovate an old property, single-handed, over a two-year period.
Today, Nina works as a nutritional assistant, helping people understand the importance of eating a wellbalanced diet – knowledge she uses on a daily basis to manage her own diabetes. She also tests her blood glucose and insulin levels, and takes plenty of exercise to make sure she stays in control of her condition. Even so, her levels can still climb frustratingly high, so there is never room for complacency.
For Nina, controlling diabetes means planning ahead, making time for exercise and being prepared for the unexpected. Whenever she goes for long walks she makes sure she has her insulin and dextrose with her, just in case.
Nina would like people to be more conscious of diabetes and the impact it has on peoples’ lives. “I would like the general public to know more about diabetes,” she says. “Diabetes doesn’t actually hurt, but leave it untreated and it will cause damage to your body.” She believes that people with diabetes need to take responsibility to get their diabetes under control and avoid related complications that can seriously compromise their health.
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