Marcel Somerville has revealed he was just an hour away from death before he was rushed to hospital.
The Love Island 2017 star, 34, was diagnosed with diabetes in June after he kept going in and out of consciousness and suffered vomiting.
He had diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a serious complication of diabetes that happens when the blood sugar is very high and the blood becomes acidic.
Speaking exclusively to Mirror Online, Marcel revealed that doctors told him that if he had left it an hour or two longer he could have slipped into a coma or died.
The terrifying incident happened just days after he and his now fiancée Rebecca Vieira, 24, found out they were expecting their first child, which is due in January.
He told us: “It went from hearing the best news, to being on death’s door, it was crazy.
“So the first day I was taken in everything was a blur, it was like a scene from, you know those films where you’re looking up and you can see the light and doctors rushing around, it was literally like that on the first day.”
On June 6 Marcel was rushed to hospital, but it had taken him a while to clock that he was experiencing typical diabetes symptoms, like losing weight, going to the toilet more often and feeling tired.
He called the doctor and arranged to have a blood test, but before he could go things spiralled out of control.
Marcel said: “I got rushed into hospital because I was vomiting and going in and out of consciousness.
“The paramedics came and was like ‘He’s got diabetes, you need to get him to the hospital ASAP’ because if it was like an hour or two later, I could have potentially been in a coma or died so it was literally proper intense.”
Marcel spent three days in the high dependency unit because of his blood sugar and then another four on a ward.
When he was discharged he was told he needed to make some serious lifechanges.
He now has to inject himself with insulin four times a day and test his blood sugar whenever eats.
Marcel has done lots of research on the foods that will help his condition.
The TV star also uses apps like Quin, which gives personalised recommendations on how much insulin a user should take and when.
He said: “So the app shows you how the insulin works and when you need to take another dose when its running out, or how much you should be taking with this food or that food.
“So now we’re in October now, which is crazy as I’ve had it for like four months and I feel so much more in control of it.
“I had to have a check up with the nurse who is looking after my diabetes and she basically said from me coming out and from where those numbers are now, it’s semi-like, I’ve been looking after my blood so much. It is kind of where it needs to be for a normal person.”
Marcel and Rebecca are getting ready to welcome their baby boy and have sorted out his nursery.
He knows that staying healthy is the most important thing he can do as he prepares to become a dad.
Marcel said: “So, the responsibility of being a dad and being a parent, this has just made me realise what the important things are and making sure you’re there and you’re healthy because I want to be able to run around with my kid and making sure I am taking the best care of myself so I can take the best care of him.”
*Quin is a mobile app that helps people with diabetes stay on top of their health. It can be downloaded here