Woman who lost mum to diabetes helps researchers

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A woman who lost her mother to diabetes is supporting a new £380,000 study at a Sheffield hospital that could help develop better treatments for the condition.

Janet Cotterill, aged 42, from Woodhouse Moor, has joined a trial at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital looking at how blood flow in the brain may impact on diabetic nerve pain.

The symptom can lead to foot deformities, ulcerations and permanent numbness, with many patients finding it difficult to get pain relief.

Janet wants to encourage others to sign up for the trial as part of National Diabetes Week, which is running until today, led by charity Diabetes UK.

She said she lost her mum 16 years ago this month.

“She had kidney failure, heart problems, and two leg amputations,” Janet said.

“The council had adapted the house so that she could live downstairs, but unfortunately she never got to use the extension.

“I want to do everything I can to help researchers find a cure for the disease or alleviate symptoms.”

Janet was the eighth person to be recruited.

n For more information call the diabetes research team on 0114 271 2568.