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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No, sugar doesn’t cause diabetes

Having a sweet tooth doesn’t mean you might develop type 2 diabetes. Being overweight is a risk factor for this condition, but your family history, age, and racial background are

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Is insulin resistance the same as diabetes?

The short answer is yes and no. If left untreated, chronic insulin resistance can lead to prediabetes and then type 2 diabetes over time. Dr Alkesh Magan, an endocrinologist at

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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Does your child have diabetes? How to tell and what to do

Diabetes is a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, and children are also at risk. A physician explains what parents need to know.  Type 2 diabetes is often referred to as

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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Can you prevent diabetic retinopathy?

It’s the third most common cause of blindness in South Africa after cataracts and glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms at first – but finding it early means you can take steps

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What is diabetic retinopathy?

Specialist ophthalmologist Dr Steve Steyn provides information on diabetic retinopathy and how diabetes can affect your eyesight.

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How diabetes affects your body [INFOGRAPHIC]

Diabetes can lead to a wide variety of problems affecting nearly every major part of your system – your heart, your brain, even your hands and feet. Here, we look at how it develops and affects the body.

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9 signs that you should get tested for type 2 diabetes right away

Type 2 diabetes often goes undiagnosed for years. Yet if left unnoticed and untreated, it can lead to serious complications such as blindness and kidney failure. Here’s what you need to know so you can act before it’s too late.

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