While type 1 diabetes is related to genetics, the most prevalent form, type 2, is a direct result of an unhealthy lifestyle and poor food choices.
New research has bad news for millions of South Africans with high blood sugar: they are three times more likely to develop active tuberculosis (TB).
The World Diabetes Foundation and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease warns that diabetes is ‘quietly fuelling the spread of tuberculosis’ and this ‘looming co-epidemic’ threatens to undo the gains made in controlling TB over the past decade.
As we commemorate World Diabetes day (14 November 2013), have you ever considered what happens to a child who is a diabetic and comes from a poverty-stricken home?
Well, the consequences can be so dire that the child can end up in a coma, suffer irreparable brain damage or even die.
Diabetes South Africa is a nonprofit organisation, funded in 1969 to be a support and an advocate for all people with diabetes in South Africa.
Diabetes South Africa seeks to recruit someone interested and passionate about diabetes and the sufferers of the condition as Volunteer Fundraiser, based in Randburg, Gauteng.
Remuneration: Commission will be negotiated but there is no retainer and expenses.
The person will be committed to doing fundraising because they are passionate about diabetes.
With almost 350 million people worldwide now suffering from diabetes, and the number expected to keep rising, the United Nations has called on governments and drug companies to ensure that sufferers have the care and treatment they deserve.
Secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, used his message for World Diabetes Day on World Diabetes Day, which is observed annually to raise awareness about the needs of people living with diabetes.