Charlotte Dawson breaks down in tears as mum, 70, is diagnosed with diabetes and she's warned to overhaul her lifestyle

CHARLOTTE Dawson broke down in tears yesterday as she revealed her 70-year-old mum had been diagnosed with diabetes.

The 28-year-old has received a stark warning from doctors that she needs to overhaul her own lifestyle as soon as possible  – leaving her shocked and panicked.

Charlotte had  gestational diabetes while pregnant and believed she would no longer be at risk after giving birth to her son Noah – but was devastated to learn otherwise and is now being closely monitored.

In an emotional video and lengthy post she explained her situation and how her late dad Les had diabetes at the time of his death. 

She wrote: “This is quite serious as I didn’t really think I’d have this problem… but if you also had gestational diabetes while you were pregnant this is something you have to check after!! I just thought it goes away when you’ve had your baby. 

“But this is a different diabetes this is type 2… I mean not everyone gets it. But with my family history it was bound to happen. My dad battled it & obviously had it when he died… 💔.”

She continued: “My mum has just been diagnosed with it.. which has just really made me so upset anxious and scared … I know it’s manageable but as she’s 70 just broke me 😢😣 & I have now been told I’m on the verge of having it if I don’t change my diet ASAP. 

“So it has come as a massive shock as I thought I was ok & I could go back to eating my chippehs n takeaways that I missed out when I was preggo.”

She went on to explain that the doctor was keeping an eye on her to see if she will have to have insulin. 

The reality star added:  “ I know it’s not the end of the world, but it’s knocked me.. especially being a new mum to Noah & made me think right I need to sort my diet and lifestyle out… it’s not just about me anymore, it’s about my little family I need to be here !!!”

Charlotte and her fiance Matt Sarsfield welcomed their son Noah in January of this year.

What are the signs of type 2 diabetes?

Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly which is why it can take a while to get a diagnosis.

You should see a doctor if you have: 

  1. Increased thirst
  2. Frequent urination
  3. Increased hunger
  4. Unintended weight loss
  5. Fatigue

Some of the less known signs include:

  • Blurred vision or difficulty focusing on objects: Diabetes can dry the eyes out, causing vision problems.
  • Slow-healing sores and frequent infections, such as thrush or BV: This is a result of diabetes weakening the immune system.
  • Numbness, tingling or pain in limbs: High sugar levels cause nerve damage, leading to various sensations in the limbs, including hands and feet. 
  • Areas of darkened skin, usually in the armpits and neck: Many skin changes can occur due to type 2 diabetes. One of the more common ones is areas of darkened skin due to high levels of insulin in the bloodstream cause skin cells to reproduce faster than normal.
  • Lightheadedness or irritability: The result rapid shifts in blood sugar levels
  • Erectile dysfunction or low arousal and poor lubrication in women: Blood sugar can damage nerves or blood vessels
  • Itchy skin: When there is blood vessel damage it affects circulation to the limbs, resulting in dry and itchy skin
  • Fruit-smelling breath: This is a symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis – a severe complication of diabetes. 


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