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Diabetes
October 8, 2018

What diabetics need to know about hypoglycemia (hypos)

Your brain is in charge of your body because it helps you to do almost everything. For it to function properly, it needs energy that comes from glucose (sugar). When it can’t get the supply it needs, your body goes through a condition called hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), also known as 'hypo', is when there isn’t enough glucose in the blood. It isn’t a disease but could be a sign of an underlying health problem. Common signs of a hypo include sweating, trembling, hunger, irritability, anxiety, heart palpitations, dizziness, tingling, weakness and a pale face. One of the most…
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Diabetes
February 20, 2018

How to dine out as a diabetic

Don’t fret about going out to eat. There are loads of diabetic-friendly choices! First things first, remember to always carry your medication with you when you’re out and about. You never know if something may trigger an adverse reaction. Portion power Everything looks great when you’re starving. But wait: remember, restaurant portions are usually quite large. Rather than diving straight in and trying to finish every morsel on your plate, set aside a small portion for a doggy bag to take back home. Just by doing this you’ll ensure you don’t overeat and send your blood sugar levels into overdrive.…
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Diabetes
January 8, 2018

The deadliest hormone-problem in the world

Diabetes is taking over the world, growing at scary rates. Recent statistics show that here in Africa diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic condition. In fact, more people die every year due to complications from Diabetes, than from violent crimes! The single hormone responsible for the pandemic Many people misunderstand diabetes. You don’t get diabetes like you get a cold or the flu: it’s not something that happens to you. A more accurate way to describe the condition, would be: “Your body’s insulin is not working properly.” Insulin is the hormone responsible for regulating the amount of glucose (sugar) in the…
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Diabetes
October 27, 2017

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease which presents as high levels of sugar in the blood. This is either because there isn’t enough insulin being produced, or because the body’s cells don’t respond properly to insulin, or both. What Causes Diabetes? Insulin is a hormone which is produced by the pancreas, and which is responsible for controlling blood sugar. People who are diagnosed with diabetes have high blood sugar because their body cannot convert sugar into fat, liver, and muscle cells to be stored for energy. This is due to: The pancreas not making enough insulin The cells not responding…
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Diabetes
October 27, 2017

How to find out if you have pre-diabetes

If you have pre-diabetes, it means you have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If left undiagnosed and untreated, pre-diabetes can become type 2 diabetes within a decade. Both of these conditions can be prevented however, by adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly. In a way, you could say pre-diabetes means you have signs that you might become diabetic soon, unless you make the necessary lifestyle changes. It's a wake-up call! How can I find out if I have pre-diabetes? If you think you’re at risk, make an…
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Diabetes
July 17, 2017

Can you reverse diabetes?

You can manage it. You can control it. But can you reverse diabetes? It may sound too good to be true, but with drastic diet changes some of us can turn back the clock on this lifestyle disease. There are two types of diabetes. In Type 1, your immune system attacks the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin; hence – no insulin. Type 2 is known as the “lifestyle” type, because it’s largely brought on by unhealthy living, and genetics. With Type 2, your body produces insulin but doesn’t use it effectively. This means that glucose isn't properly absorbed…
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Diabetes
April 14, 2017

Sugar vs guns: which kills more people?

Sugar may be the newest and deadliest of modern-day killers. Current research shows that obesity is one of the five risk factors of early death. The rate of obesity in South Africa is growing rapidly with almost 70% of women and 40% of men overweight or obese. Diabetes in South Africa is also on the increase. High blood sugar levels have been linked to an estimated three million deaths worldwide on a yearly basis directly due to diabetes. In South Africa, it’s reported that around 5000 deaths were caused by gun shots in 2012, while 58 people died from diabetes…
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Diabetes
September 22, 2016

Diabetes: keep your eyes out for these red flags

As a diabetic, you probably know all about the potential complications of your condition: diabetic coma, blindness, ulcers, lost limbs to name but a few. Steering clear of these means you need only look after one thing: the perfect balance of blood sugar. But this can be a difficult task. How do you know you’re spiking or dipping, when your blood sugar monitor is not at hand? (more…)
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Diabetes
April 7, 2016

World Health Day 2016 – Diabetes

What do Vanessa Williams, Randy Jackson, Halle Berry, Tom Hanks and Aretha Franklin have in common – other than being famous? Diabetes. (more…)
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Diabetes
March 8, 2016

3 Different types of diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. There are three major types of diabetes including Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Diet is very important for a diabetic, and should be well-balanced and rich in high-fibre carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. In this article, we look at the different types of diabetes and what to eat if you've been diagnosed. Type 1 diabetes Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood. In this form of the disease, the body makes little or no insulin, so daily injections of insulin are needed. The…
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