Sue Cleaver, 55, has had a long-run in the world of TV, having appeared in programmes like The Cops and Dinnerladies since the 90s. She now stars as Eileen Grimshaw – a character who has struggled when it comes to love since her arrival to ITV’s Coronation Street in 2000. But Cleaver has had her own struggles in real life too. Her lifelong health condition came to light after her collapse at work in 2011. At the time, The Sun reported her diabetes had been the cause.
Some fans of the show may not know Cleaver has type 2 diabetes – when a person’s blood sugar (glucose) levels become too high.
But the actress has been very public about the condition and has made her support known of the charity Diabetes UK.
Speaking in support of Diabetes Week in the past, Cleaver told Diabetes Advice: “Having good control of diabetes is really important – after all, people with the condition live with it every day, taking care of their diet and physical activity.”
Type 2 diabetes symptoms
Many people with the condition may not realise they have it because symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
But there can be seven signs, according to the NHS:
- Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Feeling very tired
- Losing weight without trying to
- Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
- Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
- Blurred vision
Type 2 diabetes treatment
Most people will require medicine to control their type 2 diabetes.
The health body explains: “Medicine helps keep your blood sugar level as normal as possible to prevent health problems. You’ll have to take it for the rest of your life.
“Diabetes usually gets worse over time, so your medicine or dose may need to change.”
But adjusting your diet and being active is also important.
You should eat a wide range of foods, including fruit, vegetables and some starchy foods like pasta, and keep sugar, fat and salt to a minimum.
You should also aim to do 2.5 hours of activity a week. This can include fast walking, climbing stairs and doing more strenuous housework or gardening.
Type 2 diabetes causes
Diabetes UK says you’re more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes is you fall under the following:
- Are aged over 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian.
- You’re tow to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian decent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent.
- You’re more at risk of you’ve ever had high blood pressure.
- You’re more at risk of type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight, especially if you’re large around the middle.
Some studies suggest taking supplements can help lower blood sugar and prevent type 2 diabetes.