Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that is prevalent in six percent of the South African population and often goes undiagnosed. Our doctors offer vital information and advice on the disease.

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Good dog: Meet Honey – the diabetes dog trained to save her master’s life

Duncan and Honey could be any other boy and his dog, playing on the beach. But she also accompanies him to school, sleepovers, even the movies “Oh wow, it’s a

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What is syndrome x?

Metabolic syndrome, also ominously referred to as Syndrome X, is an umbrella of risk factors that can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. We take a closer look at

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Are there female-specific risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes is now the leading cause of female deaths in South Africa, according to figures from Statistics South Africa. With coronary heart disease established as the leading cause of death in people with diabetes, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Worcester looks at the risk factors for diabetes that are exclusive to women.

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Can your lifestyle lead to diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be treated when diagnosed early. If left untreated, warns Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can lead to kidney damage, heart disease and even stroke.

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A snapshot of diabetes in SA

There are 1,826,100 people living with diabetes in South Africa, according to the latest International Diabetes Federation research. The cases of diabetes in the country are rapidly rising.

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Protect your brain with optimal glucose control

Four hundred South Africans suffer a stroke daily: this is a medical emergency where the blood flow to a section of the brain is interrupted or diminished. What’s important is prompt treatment, which can limit damage to tissue that’s suffered a lack of oxygen and nutrients. Dr Rudi Renison, a neurologist in private practice at Mediclinic Cape Gate, explains.

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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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Prediabetes: Should you be screened for it? [infographic]

While prediabetes is not a health condition in itself, says Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can be a sign that you are on the way to developing type 2 diabetes.

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Pregnant and diabetic? What you need to know..

Two situations can occur: a woman with pre-existing diabetes wants to have a baby or, diabetes presents itself during the pregnancy of an otherwise healthy mother (this is referred to as gestational diabetes). Dr Andre Diedericks, an Ob-Gyn at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, explains these two situations.

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Take the time to #CheckWhatMatters this Diabetes Awareness Month

In South Africa, it is estimated that 3.85 million South Africans suffer from diabetes, with many remaining undiagnosed. The truth is we check our social media activity more than enough,

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7 Eye tests that look at more than just your vision

When you go to the optometrist because you’re having trouble seeing, a vision test is usually conducted. This test assesses how well you can see and your ability to discern objects. However, many eye conditions and diseases present no symptoms, so there’s a range of tests available to see what your eyes can’t. An ophthalmologist and an eye surgeon explain.

Cardiology

Metabolic syndrome: why it could kill you

Metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, is a perfect storm for increasing a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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Six unexpected signs of kidney damage, and how to reverse it

According to Dr Riaan Flooks, a nephrologist at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, methods of identifying renal disease have advanced to allow for a much earlier diagnosis.

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Diabetic retinopathy: technology improves screening to save lives

Medical advancements – including fundus cameras and artificial intelligence – offer hope for patients who may otherwise lose their sight (or even their lives) to diabetes.

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Are you at risk of diabetes?

Intermediate hyperglycaemia (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance) is a ‘pre-diagnosis’ of diabetes. The good news is you can prevent Type 2 diabetes if you make considered lifestyle changes.

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Do you recognise the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits your body’s ability to properly regulate blood glucose levels. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) estimates that in 2011 there were 14.7 million adult diabetics in Africa, and that around 78% of diabetics remain undiagnosed. According to the IDF the greatest increase in diabetes is expected to be in Africa – where it is predicted that the incidence of diabetes in Africa will have almost doubled by 2030.

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Should you drink alcohol if you have diabetes?

If you’re living with diabetes, be sure to eat and plan ahead before you have a small sundowner, says a Mediclinic expert.

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Type 1 diabetes in children: what parents need to know

If your child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, you’re not alone – about one in 500 children worldwide end up with the disorder. Paediatric endocrinologist Dr David Segal tells us what we need to know.

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