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Matt Cooper didn’t realise a sinister health issue was making him fall asleep at work

As he sat in the specialist’s chair, broadcaster Matt Cooper could only feel dismayed. He didn’t really drink and enjoyed regular exercise at the gym, on the tennis courts and at the golf course — all of which meant that a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes was a big problem.

Contrary to current popular belief, type 2 diabetes is not just caused by diet but can also be the result of genetics, differing as it does from type 1.

In late 2018, Cooper started to notice there was something not quite right with his health. When he looks back now on the summer holiday he enjoyed with his family in New York that year — which involved plenty of exercise — he feels he was overweight. ‘I can see that I was definitely carrying a bit of weight at the time

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