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Sweet success

Aged just four, George Kirkpatrick was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, meaning his pancreas wasn’t producing insulin, the hormone chiefly responsible for controlling blood sugar levels. It meant he’d be reliant on daily injections and blood tests for the rest of his life.

“Having been diagnosed so young,” says Kirkpatrick, “I can’t really remember not having it, which is probably helpful.”

He contrasts his own experience with that of his younger brother Gus, who was diagnosed with the same condition aged 13 — and had to deal with adapting to it at the same

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