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?

This is a potentially very dangerous condition from which about 1,5 million South Africans suffer – half of them without knowing it.

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.

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Dr. May currently works as a fulltime endocrinologist and has been in private practice since 2004. He has a variety of interests, predominantly obesity and diabetes, but also sees patients with osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, men's health disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, polycystic ovaries, and disorders of growth. He is a leading member of several obesity and diabetes societies and runs a trial centre for new drugs.

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