diabetes

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

    Children up to 12

    Posted on 11 April 2019

    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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  • A snapshot of diabetes in SA

    Conditions

    Posted on 6 November 2018

    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

    Conditions

    Posted on 6 November 2018

    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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  • Take the time to #CheckWhatMatters this Diabetes Awareness Month

    Conditions

    Posted on 5 November 2018

    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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  • Metabolic syndrome: why it could kill you

    Cardiology

    Posted on 14 September 2018

    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

    Diabetes

    Posted on 14 September 2018

    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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  • Don’t sweet the small stuff: Diabetic-friendly dinners

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 26 September 2017

    Vanessa Marx is an award winning South African born chef with diverse international experience. Here she shares a delicious exotic chicken recipe. Look out for other diabetic-friendly recipes by Vanessa in the Spring issue of the Mediclinic Family magazine. 

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  • The artificial pancreas is closer than we think

    Conditions

    Posted on 8 June 2017

    The end goal for the treatment of type 1 diabetes – the artificial pancreas – is an integrated, automated system that calculates how much insulin the body needs and then delivers it – in real time.

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  • Double trouble

    Conditions

    Posted on 18 April 2017

    Gestational diabetes is the most common medical complication during pregnancy and affects as many as one in 20, putting mother and baby at increased risk for birth trauma and other serious health concerns.

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  • Diabetes: a growing problem

    Conditions

    Posted on 31 October 2016

    The incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise, says Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes. It is also striking people earlier on in their lives as they lead sedentary lifestyles and follow diets laden with starch. But there are ways that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.

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  • How to stay active at work

    Healthy living

    Posted on 5 September 2016

    If you are reading this, chances are you’re probably at work, taking a break at your desk before tackling the next task on your computer.

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  • The bittersweet truth about sugar

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 8 August 2016

    On average, South Africans consume 24 teaspoons of sugar per day – more than double the World Health Organization guidelines for daily intake! A Mediclinic dietician talks us through statistics and the new sugar tax, the good and the bad of sugar, and healthier alternatives.

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  • Six reasons why you should move more

    Exercise

    Posted on 20 June 2016

    Get up and get moving! A Mediclinic biokineticist talks us through the top reasons why moving and walking are good for your body – and your overall wellbeing.

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  • Five myths about diabetes

    Diabetes

    Posted on 15 June 2016

    Type 2 diabetes is one of the modern world’s fastest-growing diseases. But as it spreads, so too do the myths around it. Tracy Ugarchund, a dietician at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, sets the record straight.

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  • Your annual checkup

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 15 April 2016

    As the world marks Health Awareness Month, we take a closer look at the long-term health benefits of regular preventative treatment options. It’s time you phoned your Mediclinic GP to schedule your annual checkup.

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  • Take care of your kidneys

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 10 March 2016

    Integral to the healthy functioning of the human body, the kidneys’ job is to make urine by removing toxins and excess water from your blood, thereby maintaining your body’s chemical

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  • Delicious recipes to help lower your risk of diabetes

    Diabetes

    Posted on 13 January 2016

    During Diabetes Awareness Month in November 2015, we ran a competition, asking you to select three magnesium-rich ingredients from our list of 12. Four entrants then had their ingredients turned into a delicious recipe by Abigail Donnelly and the overall winner’s recipe was featured on Expresso. Here are those recipes for you to download and try.

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  • Manage diabetes with strength training

    Diabetes

    Posted on 30 November 2015

    The second-best way to manage diabetes is by managing your diet. The best way is to manage your diet and start a strength-training programme.

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  • When to get tested for diabetes

    Diabetes

    Posted on 10 November 2015

    November is Diabetes Awareness Month – here’s why and where you should get tested.

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  • Discussing diabetes

    Children up to 12

    Posted on 29 September 2015

    If caught in time, diabetes doesn’t need to be debilitating. We chat to Dr Alkesh Magan, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Sandton, and Dr Heidi Ackermann, a paediatrican at Mediclinic Geneva in George, to find out more about the disease and how to manage it.

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  • Facts about sugar

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 21 April 2015

    It’s sweet, it makes us feel good and can be moreish. But how much sugar is enough? And is it even good for us?

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