Lowdown on diabetes

2016-10-18 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Jenny Russell from Diabetes Durban.

PHOTO: supplied Jenny Russell from Diabetes Durban.

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For more information contact Diabetes SA, Durban office, 204 Wheeler House, Stamfordhill Road, Greyville or call 086 122 2717, 084 717 7443 or email durban@diabetessa.org.za

WORLD Diabetes Day is on 14 November and Fever reporter, Kalisha Naicker, chatted to Jenny Russell from Diabetes Durban to find out more about the what diabetes is, what causes it, what the symptoms are, how we prevent it, and Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes means.

KN: What is Diabetes South Africa?

JR: We are an NPO that provides support and educates diabetics and communities.

KN: What is diabetes?

JR: When you have diabetes, your body is either unable to make enough insulin, or it is unable to correctly use the insulin it does make. So what happens is the glucose in your bloodstream can’t move into your cells to be used as energy, and this glucose builds up in your bloodstream.

KN: What is Type 1 and Type 2?

JR: Type 1 is when your body attacks the beta cells in your pancreas, and they cannot produce insulin. Type 2 is when your body either cannot produce enough insulin, or it is not able to use it correctly.

KN: What are the symptoms of diabetes?

JR: Thirst, frequent urination, loss of weight, tiredness, often hungry, blurry vision, itchy skin and thrush.

KN: Are there problems associated with diabetes?

JR: Top of the list is cardiovascular disease, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, lower limb amputation, sexual dysfunction, high BP and cholesterol.

KN: How do I check to see if I have diabetes?

JR: Go to your doctor or clinic for a blood sugar test.

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