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Video clip: Richard finds that repeatedly telling people about his diabetes can be embarrassing, as he is sometimes made to feel that his making a fuss.

And while the blood sugars fluctuate - far too much, of course - sometimes I have to be very strict, other times I can play it a bit more freely. But there's no way of guaranteeing that in advance. So again, it's an awkward position of insisting that I must eat at a certain time, and then some days of course I can coast for a little bit longer. And I think it's - I can usually tell whether somebody has a diabetic friend, or a diabetic family member, because they instantly get it, when you say like, "I'd quite like to eat earlier." It's fine. And other people, you just have to go through the explanation, and explain that it can be quite serious. So that's - again, one feels awkward doing it.

I think telling people once is - is not at all problematic. Telling people again and again, it's easy to joke about sort of "Oh, remember, oh remember I’m obsessed with food." That sort of thing. But some people one feels won't listen anyway, so you stop making a fuss about it after a while. And it's very embarrassing to have to make a fuss about it, so I don't, really. I'll always avoid that, if I can at all.