Diabetes Acheivement Medals

It may seem like a challenging prospect when you are first diagnosed with diabetes, but somehow most of you find the courage and strength to continue living your life, day to day. Nowadays it is easy to forget how challenging it was to just survive if you were diagnosed with diabetes in the 1920's. Most people diagnosed then, before the creation of insulin were given just a few months to live. Following the struggles that people with diabetes have to face three acheivement medals are created to recognise each individuals life with the disease.

Diabetes UK supporter services present three medals in memory of the charities founding fathers and to recognise the courage of those people living with diabetes for over, 50, 60 and 70 years.  Please see below for individual information on each medal.

Alan Nabarro Medal - 50 Years

The Alan Nabarro medal is given to people who have lived with diabetes for more than 50 years. Alan was diagnosed with diabetes in 1922 and was given just 6 months to live. He was saved by the creation of insulin and managed to live on with his diabetes for another 55 years. He spent his diabetes life fighting against discrimination of those with diabetes and was awarded an OBE for his work with young people and diabetes.

He was the first British lay vice president of the International Diabetes Federation.

Many people within Bexley Borough have received this medal, proving that living a long and happy life with diabetes is possible.

Robert Lawrence Medal - 60 Years

The Robert Lawrence medal is given to people who have lived with diabetes for more than 60 years. Dr. Robert Lawrence was diagnosed with diabetes after going into hospital with an eye infection, he did not display any other symptoms of the disease. Following his diagnosis he devoted his life to the condition and along with the writer H.G.Wells they formed the Diabetic Association (now Diabetes UK) and Lawrence was elected chairman. He was influential in creating holiday camps for diabetic children, supporting research and the publication of the Diabetic Journal.

John Macleod Medal - 70 Years

The John Macleod medal is given to people who have lived with diabetes for more than 70 years. John Macloead was well known for his work with carbohydrates and he worked closely with Frederick Banting and Charle's Best in the discovery of insulin. He won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of insulin, although the amount of involvement he had with this has been disputed. However it was his idea to inject ultimately led to the successful creation of insulin. He wrote 11 books that all focus on diabetes and carbohydrates. In 2005 Diabetes UK renamed their central office building after him, in honour of his dedication to diabetes.

Some of this information has been recreated with the kind permission of Diabetes UK. If you would like to know how to receive a medal or would like any further information please follow this link to be taken to the Diabetes UK page.

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