Look out for these diabetes symptoms

2017-11-15 06:01

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

The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) estimates that in 2011, there were 14,7 million adult diabetics in Africa, and that around 78% of diabetics remain undiagnosed.

According to the IDF, the greatest increase in diabetes is expected to be in Africa, where it is predicted that the incidence of diabetes will have almost doubled by 2030.

Many people may mistake the symptoms of diabetes for other ailments and fail to seek suitable medical advice.

  • Common symptoms of diabetes include: being very thirsty;) frequent urination;) rapid weight loss or gain;) extreme unexplained fatigue;) blurry vision;) irritability;) increased hunger; ) wounds that do not heal easily; and) tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

The IDF encourages anyone with these symptoms to consult with their general practitioner 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.

In some cases, there may not be any obvious symptoms – this may occur with type 2 diabetes.

In this case the person may live for months or years without reali-sing that they have the disease.

Type 2 diabetes can come on so gradually that the symptoms are not recognised.

This type, type 2 diabetes, is caused by a combination of factors.

  • Genetics play a role, along with the following risk factors: family history of diabetes;) age;) body mass index (BMI); and ) lifestyle.

So, this November, which is Diabetes Awareness Month, make use of the IDF’s free blood pressure and blood glucose tests.

Testing will take place at different Mediclinics in November in the country.

For dates and participating hospitals and to take the weekly symptoms quiz and to stand a chance to win a Wellness Warehouse voucher worth R1 500, visit www.mediclinic. co.za.


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