World Diabetes Day falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it is really like to live with the condition. It is a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world.
Diabetes has come to the forefront of much discussion following the findings from the 2017 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) mortality report, which positioned the disease as the second highest underlying natural cause of death among South Africans in 2015, surpassing HIV/AIDs. Diabetes has become an epidemic,
Better known as the silent killer and the figures are continuously increasing. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that over 2.3 million South Africans are living with diabetes today. However even more alarming is that more than 60-80% of people with diabetes in South Africa die before the age of 60 years. Novo Nordisk South Africa is a pharmaceuticals company that is committed to Changing Diabetes in South Africa
Novo Nordisk has been at the forefront in the fight against diabetes for a long time and this year they educated people about the disease, taught people how to live long lives even with the disease and answered the many questions that people had about the disease.
‘’Changing diabetes is our global mission, it’s the reason we exist and therefore it makes sense that we get involved with every opportunity to try to conquer this disease. And surprisingly, even though we make most of our business out of diabetes our mission is to ultimately conquer it, which is why the research that we do is actually tailored toward this as well,’’ said Dr Babalwa Maholwana, Medical Director at Novo Nordisk.
The most important message we want to drive is awareness and basic education about diabetes in terms of what it is, how one recognises it, why it’s so dangerous and why it’s so important to treat it correctly. These are the main messages that we really want to drive.
‘’It’s really important to know what happens in the body, and this is primarily because of the high sugar levels that reside in the circulation and how this affects your blood circulation in general and all the different target organs. Basically, what happens is that because there is high blood sugar, this becomes toxic or poisonous to the blood circulation – and therefore that affects the kidneys, the heart, eyes and the nervous system in general. This is why it is important to understand that because then the complications of diabetes are related to exactly this including kidney failure, heart disease which is inclusive of heart attacks, stroke, blindness and foot disease that ultimately may lead to amputation,’’ the Dr. explained