CITY RAISES AWARENESS ON DIABETES, CALLS FOR EARLY DETECTION
The City of Ekurhuleni commemorated World Diabetes Day yesterday at the Daveyton Main Clinic. One of the key messages that was shared with the people was a reminder that diabetes remains the second leading cause of death in South Africa, after tuberculosis, according to Statistics South Africa’s Mortality and Causes of Death report.
While this may be the case, experts have made it clear that diabetes can be managed if diagnosed early and the patient does not default on treatment.
Some of the ailments that are attributable to untreated diabetes are blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, and feet and illnesses affecting the nervous system.
Nonhlanhla Maseko, an Ophthalmic Nurse at Daveyton Main Clinic urged diabetes patients to be careful when cutting their nails, especially their toenails.