Theresa May set to become the first prime minister – and world leader – with type 1 diabetes
Posted on 11 July 2016
The Home Secretary Theresa May is on course to become the first prime minister who lives with type 1 diabetes as a result of this afternoon’s news that Andrea Leadsom MP has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership race.
With Ms May now the only person remaining in the race, she is expected to become party leader and therefore prime minister. The Conservative Party is likely to formally confirm her appointment shortly, before a meeting between Ms May and the Queen.
The Conservative Party leadership race was originally set to conclude in September.
Ms May, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in early 2013, is set to become the first world leader who lives with the condition.
Theresa May’s career in Parliament
Ms May has been Home Secretary since 2010. She is the longest-serving holder of the prestigious office– one of the great offices of state – for more than 60 years.
Living with type 1 diabetes
In 2013 Theresa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after doctors originally believed she had type 2 diabetes. During the winter of 2012 May went to her GP who ran a blood test which showed very high blood glucose levels.
Theresa, who has been MP for Maidenhead since 1997, spoke to the Mail on Sunday at the time, saying:
‘[Type 1 diabetes] doesn’t affect how I do the job or what I do. It’s just part of life… so it’s a case of head down and getting on with it.’
Meeting the type 1 diabetes community
Ms May has attended a number of JDRF events, including the 2015 Sugarplum Ball – which raised £620,000 in support of JDRF, and most recently JDRF’s #Type1Catalyst event in the Houses of Parliament.