10 fast facts about diabetes

By YOU Digital
06 November 2018
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Do you have diabetes or know someone who does? Here are several interesting facts – we help you get clued up, fast.

  • Did you know diabetes is the second leading cause of death in South Africa? About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes.
  • It affects your body's ability to use the energy found in food.
  • Diabetes is a chronic lifelong condition with no cure, but sufferers can still live a full, healthy life.
  • Symptoms include the frequent urge to urinate, extreme thirst, slow-healing wounds, dry mouth and itchy skin, rapid weight loss and blurred vision.
  • There are three major types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational.
  • Type 1 diabetes refers to a lack of insulin production, while type 2 is characterised by the body's ineffective use of insulin. Gestational diabetes is characterised by raised blood sugar during pregnancy.
  • Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1, and accounts for around 90% of all diabetes worldwide.
  • Treatments include diet, exercise, medication – and insulin intake with regards to type 1 diabetes.
  • Prediabetes describes an increase in blood-sugar levels that’s not quite high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, but serves more as a warning. Healthy lifestyle changes should prevent it from becoming full-blown diabetes.
  • A lack of awareness about diabetes, combined with insufficient access to health services, can lead to blindness, amputation and even kidney failure.

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