Tack­ling di­a­betes

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

ODAY is World Di­a­betes Day, when the world pauses to pon­der about one of the big­gest threats to the health and well-be­ing of South Africans and the coun­try’s third high­est cause of death, ac­cord­ing to Stats SA fig­ures.

The In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion re­ported in 2012 that some 371 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide had di­a­betes. That num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease to 552 mil­lion in the next 20 years.

While there is no cure, type 2 di­a­betes can be avoided through the fol­low­ing of a healthy eat­ing plan and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise. Get screened.

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