Did you know that over 3.5million South Africans are affected by diabetes? Diabetes can cause vision loss and blindness and negatively affect your health in many other ways.
Avoid being a statistic and get tested today. It’s not easy getting a diabetes diagnosis and dealing with diabetes can be difficult, but with the right information you can take action to feel better and live a healthier, happier life!
Signs of diabetes to look out for:
- Blurred vision
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
Lower your risk of diabetes with the following tips:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Get regular exercise
- Quit smoking
- Limit your salt intake — high salt foods include table salt, stock cubes or powder, packet soups, processed foods Like Russians, polony and viennas) and salty snacks (like crisps and biltong).
- Eat complex or wholegrain carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, baby potatoes, whole grain pasta, brown rice and low GI bread — and control those portion sizes.
- Have your five portions of veg and fruits daily
- Opt for healthier cooking methods like steaming, boiling or grilling instead of deep frying.
Common differences between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes:
|Type 1 Diabetes||Type 2 Diabetes|
|Often diagnosed in childhood.||Usually diagnosed in over 30-year-olds.|
|Not associated with excess body weight.||Often associated with excess body weight.|
|Often associated with high ketone levels.||Often associated with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels at diagnosis.|
|Treated with insulin injections or an insulin pump.||Is usually treated initially without medication or with tablets.|
|Cannot be controlled without taking insulin.||Sometimes possible to come off of diabetes medication.|
November is World Diabetes Month, so you can check your glucose levels at Clicks or Dis-chem nationwide for only R45!