The number of people suffering from diabetes in South Africa is alarming.
According to 2016 Statistics South Africa “Mortality and Causes of Death” report, diabetes is the second most common cause of “natural” death in the country after Tuberculosis.
About 6% of the South African population (about 3.5 million people) suffer from diabetes and 5 million more are estimated to have pre-diabetes.
Types of Diabetes
Pre-diabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered as diabetes. The scary fact is that most cases of pre-diabetes in South Africa are undiagnosed.
Most people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes – where the body becomes resistant to insulin, resulting in dangerously high blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is often caused by lifestyle or genetic factors.
In Type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. This usually happens in younger people, but it can happen at any age. When this happens, the pancreas no longer produces insulin. Insulin is vital because it enables the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
As symptoms can be mild and may develop gradually, it takes on average seven years for a person to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. As a result, about 30% of people with Type 2 diabetes will already have developed complications by the time they are diagnosed.
Diabetes complications are serious and include heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputations and kidney failure. These complications can largely be avoided by early diagnosis and proper treatment.
Around 76% of diabetes-related deaths in South Africa occur in people younger than 60 years – the most economically active age group of the population.
General symptoms of high blood sugar levels:
- Unquenchable thirst.
- Frequent urination
- Hunger, despite regular eating.
- Weight loss
- Feeling tired and listless
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- A short attention span and poor memory
- Recurrent skin infections
NatureLife SA have products to assist diabetics….naturally
As mentioned in a previous blog – people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have hyperuricemia, and people with gout and high uric acid may be more likely to get diabetes. Lifetones Acid Clear is an all-natural product to help break down uric acid crystals and eliminate them from your body. It is sugar-free so safe for diabetics to use.
DiaBoost can be used in conjunction with other diabetic medication to help stabilise blood sugar levels naturally. DiaBoost helps to ensure that the pancreas is producing the correct amount of insulin when needed and offers anti-inflammatory, analgesic and digestive health benefits for diabetics. Best results are obtained when used in conjunction with NatureLife CircuWell.
With powerful natural ingredients, CircuWell improves the circulation of freshly oxygenated blood to the extremities of the body and aids in the elasticity of veins, arteries and capillaries associated with varicose and spider veins. Poor circulation is a common problem with diabetes.