JDRF Chief Executive calls for greater awareness of type 1 diabetes after young mother dies due to missed diagnosis

Posted on 15 August 2014

An inquest reported in the Daily Mail this week has allegedly shown that a young mother passed away after living with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.news_stock photo diabetes

26 year old Nicky Rigby, a mother-of-one, was suffering from classic symptoms associated with development of the condition. It is reported that she died from diabetic ketoacidosis – which occurs when people who have developed the condition do not get the life-depending insulin that they need.

The warning signs of type 1 diabetes can include extreme thirst, frequent urination, tiredness and weight loss.

Not wanting others to ignore the symptoms, Nicky’s fiancé Mark said to the paper: ‘Please don’t battle on through exhaustion like my brave Nicky tried to do.’

Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF said: ‘I am saddened and angered by this tragic story. My heart goes out to Nicky’s surviving husband and daughter. Type 1 diabetes is on the rise – so it is important that GPs and the wider public are aware of its symptoms so that treatment isn’t delayed.’