Updated 09 February 2017

You can still enjoy the sweet things in life with diabetes

What better time to have your blood sugar levels checked than this November? It's World Diabetes month this November.

World Diabetes Day is held on 14 November each year to raise awareness of diabetes, its complications and the management thereof.

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world, due to inactivity combined with poor eating habits. According to Diabetes South Africa, an estimated three and a half million South Africans are diabetic – with millions more undiagnosed. The problem is so serious that it prompted the Johannesburg-based Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology earlier this year to declare the arrival of a ‘diabetes tsunami’.

Diabetes not only affects a person’s quality of life, but if not detected early enough or properly treated, it can also lead to a number of more serious conditions, including heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney disease. However, if the disease is well-managed, people with diabetes can live a happy, healthy life. 

“If you are insulin-resistant or have diabetes, remember that treatment is a lifelong commitment to blood sugar monitoring, healthy eating, regular exercise and, sometimes, diabetes medications or insulin therapy,” says Clicks pharmacist, Waheed Abdurahman. “Your Clicks pharmacist is there to provide advice on diabetes management, and can also offer you a generic alternative to help you save money on your medication.”

Abdurahman also recommends cost-effective, well-formulated multivitamin and mineral supplementation.  “Recent research suggests that cinnamon increases insulin and may be helpful as a supplement to regular diabetes treatment in people with type 2 diabetes.”

With over 330 Clicks pharmacies and 125 Clicks clinics nationwide, Clicks provides a holistic offering for affordable diabetes management.  Speak to your Clicks pharmacist about diabetes advice and treatment, or visit the Clicks front shop for a wide range of quality diabetes products at affordable prices, such as glucometers and strips, dietary products, diabetic medication and foot care products. Clicks clinics offer a special diabetes screening, which includes a glucose, blood pressure, BMI measurement and a foot screening, at a cost of only R50.

Visit www.clicks.co.za to learn the facts about diabetes.



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