12 November 2010

Diabetes: the silent killer

Know the facts, spread the word: diabetes is one of the foremost health concerns in world - both developed and developing - with approximately 285 million people affected.

Diabetes is one of the foremost health concerns in world - both developed and developing - with approximately 285 million people affected currently. Globally diabetes is on the increase and the number of people living with the disease is expected to reach 438 million by 2030.

Armed with the right information and understanding, individuals living with diabetes can manage the disease effectively and live “normal” lives. Type 2 diabetes can even be completely avoided in 80% of cases! Knowledge is power, as they say - ensure that you know at least the basics.

  1. Be aware, even if you think you are not at risk of developing diabetes, arm yourself, your family and friends with information
  2. Know what the symptoms are and get regular medical check-ups
  3. Eat a balanced diet and get regular exercise
  4. If you think you might have diabetes – see your doctor immediately
  5. If you have diabetes, stay on top of your treatment, diet and exercise regime.
  6. Lifestyle changes and proper medical monitoring and care can keep diabetes from becoming a death sentence
  7. Join Howza on the “I Choose To Live” Facebook page and follow @ichoose2live on twitter
  8. Help spread the word


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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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