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Putting SA’s Focus on World Diabetes Day

When it comes to sugar and spice, all things are not necessarily nice – especially diabetes. On 14 November each year, the world comes together to acknowledge World Diabetes Day — a global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes.

This is Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin, or when the body can’t adequately process the insulin it makes. This leads to raised glucose levels in the blood which is harmful to the body.

A Worldwide Issue

According to a study by the International diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults worldwide (20-79 years) are living with diabetes; by 2045 this will rise to 629 million. To make matters worse, one in two people with diabetes are unaware that they have the condition, raising their risk of developing serious complications that could otherwise be prevented.

When Things Get Complicated

Untreated or undiagnosed diabetes could lead to a number of serious health problems, including damage to the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. By controlling and monitoring blood sugar levels through the correct treatments, people living with diabetes can help prevent these complications. 

Prevention and Cure

At present, there are three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes. Visit our website for more information on the differences between these chronic conditions and how they are caused.

Depending on the type of diabetes that you have, the condition is usually managed by taking insulin injections or oral medication, as well as regular monitoring, testing and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Checking Your Levels

If you’re experiencing constant thirst, tingling in hands and feet, blurred vision or extreme fatigue, you could be showing symptoms of diabetes. In this case, we recommend that you have your blood glucose levels checked by a medical professional. As one of our designated service providers, Clicks Clinics offer FREE* blood glucose screenings for the whole family. To book an appointment at your closest Clicks Clinic, call 0860 254 257 or visit clinicbookings@clicks.co.za.

Family and Diabetes

This year, the aim is to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, as well as to promote the role of the family in the management and prevention of diabetes. Join us in raising awareness by having yourself and your family tested today.

For more information on the Diabetes Care Programme call 0860 143 258 or email bestmeddiabetes@halocare.co.za. 

*FREE testing for non-medical aid members available while screening inventory lasts. Members should check their scheme plans for benefits.

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