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Video clip: Richard explains that he finds it quite easy to tell people about his diabetes as because of both the day-to-day and long-term impact it has on his life.

And for daily life, it's really just a matter of making sure students and colleagues are aware that I need to eat at certain times, and I need to follow a fairly regular pattern.

And because there's quite a lot at stake in that sense, it's really very easy to tell people. And for the students, I think one has to, because if - if my blood sugar goes low, I'm quite likely to raise things in a slightly more aggressive manner than I would normally do. And for their sakes, you just have to tell them. And also I want to know that if I, if my blood sugar goes low, they'll know where to find the chocolate biscuits and what to do. So it's - I don't have a difficulty telling people. I think it's - It's very easy to do. It has to be done. And on the whole, people are very accepting and supporting. If they're not going to be immediately sympathetic, it doesn't matter how many times you try to tell them, I think.