It is one of our fastest-growing epidemics. But managing diabetes is complicated when diagnosed late – the main problem for most South Africans. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green spends time in a surgical ward where people living with complications from the condition often have to choose between amputation and death. And once they have lost a limb, their chances of getting a prosthetic one in the public sector is virtually zero.
As South Africa marks World Diabetes Day this Wednesday, recent data from the International Diabetes Federation estimates that 3.85-million South Africans have diabetes, with a large portion of them undiagnosed.This equates to an estimated 7% of adults aged between 21 and 79.