Comic book superheroes to help inspire young people newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in managing the condition
Dr Patel said: “The two types of diabetes are often reported in the media as the same, despite there being several key differences between both types. As a group, people with type 1 diabetes can therefore feel excluded and deal with ignorance about their disease on a regular basis, which can be frustrating, if not exhausting. The hope is that this comic book provides another means of spreading the type 1 diabetes message through art and that the story will inform and educate anyone who reads it.”
He added: “In addition, for those readers who are newly-diagnosed, they will feel more empowered to look after themselves. It is possible to live a long, healthy life with type 1 diabetes.”
Danny McLaughlin, founder of Revolve Comics, based in Derry, Northern Ireland, said: “The comic is designed to engage and inform, in a hopeful and warming way, specifically for the teenage age group.
“The story follows a young man as he journeys through what would be a typical situation for any young person who would be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes from symptoms, to diagnosis, to living with it - but it’s done with a bit of fun.”
He added: “Gary, the young boy, faces learning about ketones which can make your blood acidic - so obviously he would see himself like the X-Men mutant superheroes and how he would differ from everyone else - but, by the end, he finds he is not alone.”
Type 1: Origins is available now here