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Elliot Dobson,12, who was diagnosed with type one diabetes 2 years ago has recently been interviewed by ‘ITV News’ (North West) for a special ‘Diabetes UK ‘ feature, raising awareness of the life threatening illness.

Report by our social media partner 'Friends of Southport' including making this video


Elliot has also been instrumental in high school, educating young people about type one diabetes and also demonstating how his life saving medical devices work and what others should do in a ‘blood sugar emergency.’

Speaking on the radio last week, he told host, Cassie James:

“It can be quite annoying, as I miss out on some things because of my glucose levels - such as sport or sleep!”

Elliot wears 2 canula style devices - a monitor on his arm to read his blood sugar and an insulin pump; which is linked to a canula with a tube drip feeding insulin into his body every 5 minutes. He attaches the pump to his waist band whilst the tube sits around his stomach to his back at all times.

“The alarms can be quite annoying!” He says, “ but it would be worse without them as they alert me to low levels or high ones - both which can be dangerous”

Type one diabetes is an autoimmune condition which can affect anyone at any age, not related to diet or lifestyle issues, contrary to type two diabetes. However there are subtle signs which come on suddenly when type one is developing,which Elliot explains in his interview.

“People sometimes look at me and say- but you’re not fat? Why have you got diabetes?” Elliot says there are a lot of misunderstanding around the condition.

“I have to spend a lot of time in the medical room and I have to eat something often during PE or before” Elliot told Friends of Southport .

“I can also pass out if I go too low… but mostly I feel extremely tired and can’t do anything”

Elliot also explains how his pancreas has completely shut down, and he will always require insulin for the rest of his life. Unfortunately this can’t be changed or improved by diet, unlike type two.

“I can eat anything I want but have to just give myself the right amount of insulin for the carbohydrates I eat- as they turn to glucose so I have to count them to dose correctly. It’s not just food I need insulin for lots of other things - there are 42 things affecting my blood sugar”

Friends of Southport are very proud of this bright and eloquent young man. He is young to be dealing with this and has a great understanding of his Illness. Elliot would like to be a scientist or a doctor when he grows up. Friends of Southport would like to say how much they respect this young boy who has such a lot of deal with.

Elliot’s full interview on the radio is included below - with some clips family made of his diagnosis journey the last 2 years.

What a brave young man and we will be following his progress in the future

Blake Maynard 'Friends of Southport' Editor