Insulin diabetic, 25, died at home

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A 25-year-old died of natural causes after struggling to control his diabetes, an inquest heard.

Bleddyn Duffy was found dead at his home on Horbny Road, Blackpool, on May 29 by his mother, who had called in after not hearing from him.

Mr Duffy had began initiation training for the army when he was diagnosed with insulin-controlled diabetes three years ago. He was medically discharged because of the condition.

Blackpool Coroner’s Court heard yesterday at first Mr Duffy controlled his diabetes and regularly attended the doctors but as time went on he refused to attend appointments and starting missing his insulin doses, causing him to fit.

In the days before his death, he had complained of chest pains.

A post mortem found he died of diabetic ketoacidosis

In a statement, Mr Duffy’s mother Carol Duffy said: “I feel devastated because of what happened. He was struggling with his life and he died.

“He never fully accepted his illness. If he had accepted medical help things would have been different.”

Recording a narrative verdict, Blackpool coroner Alan Wilson said the condition had “perhaps developed following a period of inadequate control of his diabetes”.