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'I lost my eyesight to diabetes'

A diabetic man is warning of the dangers of missing insulin injections and regular check-ups after losing his sight.

Simon Bowen, from Swindon, suffered kidney failure after failing to manage his condition properly. He went on to have a kidney and pancreas transplant but lost his sight in 2006.

"What more proof do you need than me to see what happens if you don't control your diabetes?" he said.

In Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol and Gloucestershire, the number of diabetics having to have limbs amputated because of diabetes complications is higher than the national average.

Matthew Hill reports.

  • 04 Jan 2016