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Consequences of not treating diabetes.
Diabetes is a permanent chronic condition that can have serious consequences if not treated correctly.
There are serious consequences for not treating your diabetes.
Living with blood glucose that stays over 8 mmol/l for a prolonged period of time can cause serious damage to the body. High blood glucose levels over a sustained period of time, damage the large and small blood vessels and nerve endings. If left unchecked, this can cause problems that can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and amputations.
It can be very frightening to think about this, but there is good news despite this. Early detection and good care, combined with advances in medical treatment, make it possible for you to stay healthy and live a long life.
Eye damage (retinopathy) can occur. You should have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist every year
Kidney damage (nephropathy) can be detected by testing urine for protein (microalbuminuria or MAU). All people with diabetes should have this test done every year
Vascular damage Make sure that you test your blood pressure regularly and that you do some form of exercise.
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Nerve damage (neuropathy) leads to loss of sensation in the feet, and they become particularly vulnerable to wounds and infection, often leading to amputation. Take care of your feet by washing your feet daily, keeping the skin soft, wearing comfortable supportive shoes and not walking barefoot. Let your doctor examine your feet at each visit. Show any wounds, cuts and sores on your feet to your doctor and see a podiatrist every six months, if possible.
Sexual dysfunction nerve damage can also affect sexual health, causing impotence and/or failure to have an erection in men, and inability to achieve orgasm in women.
Infections, itchiness, sores, boils etc. are common – as high blood glucose inhibits the action of the white blood cells, the body’s main defence.
We all have questions.
Below are some of the answers to the most common questions that you need to know.
Which is worse – Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?
“Worse” is a harsh comparison. The difference between these two types of Diabetes is that Type 1 requires insulin, and it never goes away. Type 2 requires consistent effort and can be managed over your lifetime.
What is the normal HbA1C level?
It is generally accepted that you should maintain HbA1C below 8%. The following guidelines are suggested by the South African Diabetes Association:
- 4 – 6% Non-diabetic range.
- < 7% Well-controlled diabetic 7% – 8% Acceptable diabetic control > 8%
- Poor diabetic control needs attention.
What is the main cause of Diabetes?
Diabetes (Type 1) is usually a predisposed or genetically inherited condition. Diabetes (Type 2) is caused by lifestyle choices. Gestational Diabetes can be caused by either genetics or lifestyle choices.
What are the first signs of diabetes?
- Excessive thirst over a prolonged period.
- Increased frequency in the need to urinate.
- Significant weight loss or gain.
- You find yourself fatigued, tired, and irritable, on a regular basis.
- Open or ruptured wounds take a long time to heal.
- Blurred vision.
- Tingling sensations in your hands and feet.
Can you get life insurance if you have Diabetes?
Yes. AllLife can help you get up to R10million life insurance, as either a Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetic.
Can I test myself for Diabetes?
Although you can easily test your own blood glucose levels at any time, only your doctor, nurse, or clinic team can confirm a Diabetes diagnosis. This is because a series of specific tests are required for diagnosis.
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What will I be covered for?
With just one phone call, you could be offered comprehensive Diabetic Life Cover and Diabetic Disability Cover (optional). A simple underwriting process is completed once you’ve signed up, usually consisting of common blood tests, to determine if full cover can be continued.
What happens after I‘m covered?
After you’re covered you can enjoy the benefit of our Health Control Programme where we remind and assist you when it comes to regular tests and checkups, ensuring that you live a healthy and happy life.
Remember, life cover gets more expensive as you get older, so your premium will never be lower than it is today.