Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
5 minute read
8 Nov 2021
7:30 am

Over 50% of adults don’t know they have diabetes

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Symptoms for all types include fatigue, unexplained weight loss, excessive thirst.

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It’s estimated that about 66% of adults with diabetes don’t know they have it. Currently, 5% of South Africans are diabetic – that is 2.5 million people. About a million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year worldwide, and diabetes is the direct or indirect cause of at least 200 000 deaths each year. Incidences of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are increasing rapidly. This is due to many factors, but the most significant reasons for type 2 are the increasing incidence of obesity. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic or lifelong condition that affects your body’s ability...