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FAQs

What does blood sugar level mean?

Blood sugar level means the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose is needed by the body as the basic energy fuel for all cells.

What is diabetes?

What is diabetes? This is a physical condition in which too much sugar accumulates in the bloodstream as a result of the body’s decreasing ability to produce insulin. This happens, because there is too little or nothing of the insulin hormone, produced by the pancreas, to allow the glucose to enter the cells of your body and give you the energy you need every day. This is a potentially very dangerous condition from which about 1,5 million South Africans suffer – half of them without knowing it. Most people suffer from Type 2 diabetes, which can largely be controlled by exercise and diet.

Is diabetes hereditary?

Diabetes often runs in families. If one of your parents has diabetes, your chances of getting it immediately become significantly higher.

Should I wear a Medic Alert bracelet?

The Medic Alert bracelet should be worn by all diabetics. This bracelet will alert medical staff to your condition if you are in an accident or go into a diabetic coma.

What foods should I avoid?

Foods that have a high sugar or fat content, such as pastries, cakes, chocolates, chips, sweets and desserts should be avoided. If eaten at all, it should be in very small quantities. Stay away from oily sauces and high-fat dairy products. Low-fat proteins, wholewheat grains, fruit and vegetables, starches and low-fat dairy products are recommended.

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