Endocrinology

Our doctors give information on the diagnosis of diseases related to the glands such as metabolic disorders and thyroid diseases.

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Diabetes

Hidden dangers: Know the warning signs of diabetes {Infographic}

The warning signs for Type 2 diabetes can be so mild that you don’t notice them. People with Type 2 diabetes have raised blood glucose levels, but sometimes these levels are not high enough to cause any symptoms. You might not even know you have Type 2 diabetes until you start suffering from other long-term complications.

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Diabetes: at a glance {Infographic}

Almost 4 million people in SA live with diabetes. Another 5 million are estimated to be prediabetic. Who is at risk? Why? What can be done? In a series of statistics and myth-busting facts, we present the true picture of diabetes in South Africa.

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Understanding your diabetes diagnosis: What are your treatment options?

Dr Elmo Pretorius, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, explains different management options for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

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5 things an endocrinologist wishes you knew about diabetes

Dr Elmo Pretorius, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, breaks down a few common myths about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

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How, when and why to check your sugar level {Infographic}

Diabetics may need to check their blood sugar level several times a day – before meals or exercise, at bedtime, before driving. But everyone is different: there are many numbers to look for and many ways to do it.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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Children (1 to 12 years)

A diagnosis for the whole family: living with someone with diabetes

If you’ve had a child diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll know: this is a life-changing illness, and not just for them. Here we look at how the whole family can help someone manage the condition.

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Gestational diabetes: what does that mean?

Gestational diabetes means you have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy – but is it a precursor of Type 2 diabetes? And will it affect your baby?

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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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Is your lifestyle making you sick? Determine your diabetes risk {Infographic}

Many everyday lifestyle decisions can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how these often unnoticed lifestyle risk factors add up to skyrocket your diabetes risk.

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The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes [infographic]

Mediclinic are offering FREE diabetes screening tests at various facilities across South Africa during the month of November. For more information about your nearest screening location visit the Mediclinic website.

Endocrinology

Hormone imbalances in men

Hormone imbalance is not a female-specific phenomenon. Many hormonal imbalances are caused by external factors, such as stress, trauma, viral infections or hormone medications.

Diabetes

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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