Updated 17 November 2017

SEE: Sugar's not making SA sweet

With 10 000 new diabetes cases each month, South Africans don't have much to celebrate.

'Worse than the HIV epidemic'

Yesterday. on World Diabetes Day, South Africans did not have much to celebrate. With 10 000 new diabetes cases diagnosed every month, we are drowning in sugar – one of the most accessible, affordable and addictive of foods.

This is Melanie's story of losing her leg to diabetes, narrated by Dr Luvhengo, the Head of Surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. This, he says, is a health crisis worse than the HIV epidemic. "Sugar is not going to make this country sweet. We are fermenting this will be bitter for all of us."


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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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