June 16, 2019
Do you have insulin resistance?
nsulin resistance can very easily lead to Type 2 diabetes. So how do you know that your body is becoming insulin resistant? Here’s what you need to know.Read More
May 3, 2019
How to catch diabetes before it’s too late
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world. It occurs when your body struggles to process glucose properly, causing high blood glucose (also called high blood sugar or hyperglycaemia). Left untreated, this can seriously damage...Read More
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…Read More
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.…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More