Home > Medical > Diabetes SEE: Diabetes and the body Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There were 2.28 million cases of diabetes in South Africa in 2015 and an estimated 1,396.8 people who have the condition, but don't know it. Tips for diabetic teens These are years that bring change, new friends, new schools, more social events and for diabetic teens, much more responsibility. These tips might help you cope. Depression raises low blood sugar risk in diabetics Diabetics who are depressed have more than a 40% higher risk of having a severe low blood sugar, research shows. Latest in Diabetes Diabetic foot care extra important during cold weather A specialist warns that patients with diabetes should change out of wet or damp socks, and towel dry their feet as soon as possible. Diabetics' hearts may be more sensitive to chemo In a study, patients with diabetes showed more signs of the damage that's considered an early warning sign of heart failure after undergoing chemotherapy. Steps to keep diabetic complications at bay People with diabetes should go for regular doctor visits and tests, and may also need to see specialists from time to time. WATCH: How this diabetic lost 130kg A few years ago Manie Pretorius weighed almost 200 kilograms. load more 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 people have diabetes mellitus, but remain undiagnosed. Types of diabetes include diabetes type 1, a progressive autoimmune disease usually diagnosed in children and young adults, whereas type 2 diabetes can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices and usually starts in adulthood. Women can also develop signs of diabetes while they are pregnant, called gestational diabetes. It is possible to live a healthy life by identifying the symptoms of diabetes early, receiving proper medical care and making healthy lifestyle changes. Learn more about diabetes here. What is diabetes? Symptoms of diabetes Causes of diabetes Diagnosing diabetes Treating type 1 diabetes Treating type 2 diabetes Treating gestational diabetes The importance of managing your diabetes From our sponsor 10 facts about diabetes and insulin you need to know Should I be using insulin?