Diabetes is a serious health problem is South Africa.
There are millions of people living with diabetes who are not even aware that they have the disease. At Peermed, your health is our concern – with a simple test we can establish whether you are one of those AND we can help you manage the disease and ensure that you live a healthy, productive life.
We provide testing for diabetes and complete follow-up treatment and support.
DIABETES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you have some of these symptoms, read this information sheet carefully. This will give you the simple facts about diabetes AND how you can manage it.
If you suspect that you, or any one of your loved ones, may have diabetes, come into Peermed. We will give you a test straight away and will also provide all the support and follow-up treatment you may require.
What is diabetes?
Are there different types of diabetes?
Type 1 normally occurs in childhood and is an auto-immune condition.
Type 2 is much more common and is generally associated with poor lifestyle choices.
What causes type 2 diabetes?
- Increasing age
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- A family history of diabetes
What is the treatment for diabetes?
Is diabetes curable?
If you do not get treatment for diabetes what can happen to you?
High sugar levels can cause long term damage to organs including the heart and kidneys. It can also lead to damage to nerves which can result in limb amputation and blindness.
Pregnancy and Diabetes
There is a type of diabetes known as gestational diabetes which some women develop; it generally disappears completely once the baby is born.
MYTHS ABOUT DIABETES
Some people believe that diabetics can use brown sugar and that white sugar is bad for you. Brown sugar is STILL sugar – just a different colour.
Diabetes in NOT caused by a parasite.
Eating sugar does not cause diabetes. Eating lots of sugar can make you overweight which can increase your chances of developing diabetes.
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