Type 1 diabetes: University of Sunderland student sheds light on condition with photographic project


Max Hawley, a student at the University of Sunderland, was diagnosed with the disease aged 14.

Those who live with Type 1 diabetes do not produce enough insulin in their body to control their blood sugar.

To keep these levels from getting dangerously high (hyperglycemic) or too low (hypoglycemic), a person must take daily insulin injections.

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Max Hawley focuses on type 1 diabetes with his new project Low. Photos: Max Hawley.

Now in the second year of his Photography, Video and Digital Imaging degree at Sunderland, Max is channeling his feelings of frustration and isolation into a new project, Low.

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He hopes the remarkable series of black and white photographs will help others with type 1 diabetes feel less alone in their own struggles.

Max, 20, told the Echo: “‘Low is the name I chose for the project related to low blood sugar or low blood sugar, but also the feeling of being weak when diabetic life becomes too intense and begins to affect your mental well-being. “

Max, pictured, hopes to help others with type 1 diabetes. Photo: Max Hawley.

Speaking in more detail about living with type 1 diabetes, Max – who is from Hull – described the strain on his physical and mental well-being.

Like others diagnosed with the disease, Max has had to adapt to managing his levels with insulin injections and blood sugar checks, as well as dealing with the impact this has on many aspects of his life. his daily life.

He was also previously hospitalized due to diabetic ketoacidosis, a buildup of harmful chemicals in the blood.

Max said the challenges that come with the condition fueled her desire to work on Low.

Max performing a blood sugar test with a finger prick tool. Photo: Max Hawley.

He added: “Although this project is part of my learning as a student, it is personal and I see it achieving its goals in the public eye.”

L’Echo thanks Max for sharing his photographs. Follow him on Instagram @maxhawley_photo.

What are the symptoms of type 1 diabetes?

According to the NHS, symptoms of type 1 diabetes can appear quickly, especially in children.

To this end, you should see a GP if you or your children experience any of the following symptoms:

:: Sensation of thirst; pee more than usual, especially at night; Feeling tired; lose weight without trying; recurrent thrush; Blurred vision; cuts and scrapes that won’t heal or breath that smells like fruit like pear drops or nail polish.

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