Diabetes

Your Diabetes Guide

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world and occurs when the body fails to process glucose correctly. Many South Africans have diabetes, but a large number remain undiagnosed. Type 1 diabetes is a progressive autoimmune disease that is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, whereas type 2 diabetes is mostly caused by unhealthy lifestyle and usually starts in adulthood. Some women can also develop signs of diabetes while they are pregnant, called gestational diabetes. It is possible to live a healthy life with diabetes, if you learn to recognise the symptoms of diabetes early, receive proper medical care and make healthy lifestyle changes.