Rory Cowan, 60, played the infamous Rory Brown in Mrs Brown’s Boys from 2011 to 2017. A year after leaving the show, the Irish actor and entertainer revealed he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Rory was diagnosed with the condition after returning from his holiday in Israel in 2018. He had been in talks with I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here producers, but believes when he didn’t hear back from them it was because of his diabetes.
He said: “I realised in Israel I had a health issue.
“I noticed that there was something wrong with my eyes and when I came home, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
“I got onto the I’m A Celeb people and told them I have Type 2 diabetes and I haven’t heard anything back.”
Rory continued to the Irish Daily Star: “I have to eat regularly. You have to live on 600 calories per day and with diabetes you’ve to be on 2,000 or 3,000. That couldn’t work for me.
“I could’ve been. They never made any decision but I met them the day before I went to Israel. They probably thought I was no use to them.”
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar (glucose) levels to become too high.
It can trigger the following symptoms, according to the NHS:
- Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- feeling very tired
- Losing weight without trying to
- Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
- Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
- Blurred vision
Certain lifestyle factors can make a person more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A person over the age of 40 is at increased risk of developing the condition, alongside those who are overweight or obese, have a close family member with the condition, don’t exercise regular and smoke.
If type 2 diabetes is left untreated, serious complications can occur, including kidney failure, never damage, heart disease and stroke.
So what can you do to prevent type 2 diabetes?
You can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by eating well, moving more and losing weight if you’re overweight, according to Diabetes UK.
To control blood sugar levels you should eat a healthy balanced diet with regular meals, three times a day.
Meals should include carbohydrates and experts advise eating oily fish each week wherever possible.
You should also aim to do 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week.