Take the time to check what matters

2018-11-15 06:01

THE truth is that while we check our social media constantly throughout the day, we often neglect to check our health.

Mediclinic is asking the public to make this a priority this World Diabetes Day, as 30% of people with type two diabetes have already developed complications by the time they present to a health-care provider to be checked for the disease.

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits your body’s ability to properly regulate its blood glucose levels.

In South Africa, it is estimated that 3,85 million South Africans suffer from diabetes, with many remaining undiagnosed. There are two different types of diabetes, type one and type two. It is important to see your health-care provider so that the right type of treatment plan can be started if necessary.

The symptoms of diabetes are often mistaken for other ailments and many people fail to seek suitable medical advice. The symptoms can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender, and common symptoms include:

• being very thirsty;

• frequent urination;

• rapid weight loss or gain;

• extreme unexplained fatigue;

• blurry vision;

• irritability;

• increased hunger; and

• tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

We encourage anyone with these symptoms to consult their GP to accurately diagnose the cause. Remember, the earlier your diabetes is diagnosed and treated, the better.

Diabetes complications are serious and include heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputations and kidney failure. In most cases, these complications could have been avoided entirely by early diagnosis and proper treatment.

This November, Mediclinic encourages you to #CheckWhatMatters and get yourself a free blood glucose and blood pressure test at participating Mediclinic hospitals. Testing will take place at Mediclinic Victoria on November 14.

For more information, visit www.mediclinic

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