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Nina Wadia, 52, has opened up about the way her and her family’s lives have been changed by her son Aidan’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis. The former EastEnders actress admitted her and her husband Raiomond Mirza were “not expecting” Aidan to suffer with health woes and were initially left devastated by the news.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the Zainab Masood star addressed her experiences as a parent since Aidan was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease.
She revealed: “It’s changed our lives entirely, it’s something we were so not expecting that it’s literally turned our lives upside down.
“So from first finding out to now, our life is very, very different and it’s almost back to the way it was, which is incredible.
“But that’s all down to knowledge and technology, so it’s better than it was.”
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Nina, who is also mum to daughter Tia Nina, explained she and her family are now coping much better after finding out how to manage her son’s disease.
She added: “I couldn’t imagine living the way we lived that first year after diagnosis, it was very, very difficult, it still is.
“Every day you just don’t know what’s going to be thrown at you by type 1 but it’s a bit more manageable now.”
Nina relies on the Dexcom G6 to help marange her son’s health, which she praised as “life-changing”.
The star explained: “If we can see that my son’s blood sugar is dipping, because the Dexcom has an app and it alarms you, you can go, ‘Quickly have an apple or have something with sugar in it’.
“So you prevent the hypo because the more your child stays in range, which basically means their blood sugar is of a reasonably everyday level, the healthier he’ll be and the less long-term complications he will have.
“So that’s why something like the G6 is just incredible. It allows not only him to have access, but it also has an app called the Dexcom Share, which means that as parents, I’m sitting here at home and I’m looking at my watch and I can see that he’s 6.4 going diagonally down right now, which is quite weird.
“But it means that I know he’s okay and that’s all parents ever want.”
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Nina first became aware of the cause behind her son’s health issues when she took him to a “really good paediatric hospital”.
The star revealed doctors previously assumed Aidan was just suffering badly from a virus he picked up at school.
She recalled: “I was tired of people not figuring out what’s wrong with my kid.
“The advice was to take him to a really good paediatric hospital and he collapsed in the car.
“His eyes rolled into the back of his head again, and I just parked in the double red because I couldn’t be bothered, I was like, ‘He’s unconscious’, I didn’t know if he was dead and my husband rushed him into the hospital.”
She continued: “They took one prick of the finger and this junior doctor comes out and she said, in a quite unpleasant tone to be honest, ‘Did you not know he’s type 1?’ And I remember saying, ‘type 1 what?’
“It didn’t connect for me because I know what diabetes is, but I’ve not really known the distinction between the two and she said, ‘type 1 diabetes.’
“And I felt awful because I thought, ‘Have I been giving him too much sugar?’ because that was all I knew about the word diabetes, so it was an education for me because type 1 has got nothing to do with what we eat.”
According to the NHS, type 1 diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high.
Type 1 diabetes is not linked with age or being overweight like type 2, but the condition requires daily injections of insulin to keep blood glucose levels under control.
Dexcom’s revolutionary G6 Continuous Glucose Monitor is increasingly sought-after by people living with type 1 diabetes who want freedom and peace of mind when it comes to diabetes management. For more information, visit: www.dexcom.com/en-GB
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