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Hello, Enyioma! You’re an MSc Diabetes student with the Chester Medical School. Why did you choose this programme? 

Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by higher than normal levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood, which over time may lead to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves if uncontrolled. There are two major types, type 1 is based on your genetics whereas type 2 is more centred around your lifestyle. Any type of diabetes is a serious disease and they effect a diverse age range of people across the World.

Unfortunately, I have a very personal connection with this disease. My father had one such complication from diabetes called diabetes nephropathy where the high levels of blood glucose damages parts of the kidney. My dad required a kidney transplant due to the amount of damage caused however two years later he sadly passed away.

I watched him during his struggles with this disease and out of curiosity, I decided to check my own blood glucose levels which led me to notice they were higher than they should be. Following medical examinations, I was diagnosed having type 1 diabetes.

This actually inspired me to study medicine and get more knowledge on human health. After medical school, I wanted to acquire more knowledge about diabetes, I decided to do a Master’s program. This will help me be abreast with new technologies to manage my condition and help to educate and properly manage my future patients.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

My day is like a routine, I start my day by checking my glucose level which is a priority. I try to be as active as I can and I take daily walks. Eating healthy and regular small portions is actually a part of me. I try to maintain a certain weight.

You are an international student from Nigeria. How has your life changed as a student in the UK? What are the most significant differences?

Studying in the UK has given me access to a wider range of opportunities and made my goals easier and attainable. The excellent educational infrastructure and quality teaching methodology makes the UK different from Nigeria and is much more in keeping with my learning style

How does type I diabetes affect you socially? What would you like people to know when they meet a person with type I diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes has psychological aspect, sometimes it is depressing and I feel different from others. I always have in mind that I have to be on medication every day and I cannot eat certain foods.

People should try to understand that it is difficult managing this disease and they need encouragement and love.

What are your dreams?

To be one of the researchers to find a permanent cure and be a successful specialised diabetic gynecologist. 

Thank you very much for your time. I hope myself and everyone in Chester Medical School have helped you come closer to your goals. We are very proud for students like you.


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