Community members get tested for sicknesses such as high blood pressure as well as also diabetes at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital during the entire world Diabetes Day awareness campaign led by MaNgema Zuma in Umlazi, South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (file photo).
By Nokuthula Vilakazi
Evidence shows of which the risk of developing chronic diseases in adulthood will be influenced not only by genetic as well as also adult lifestyle factors; the environment during early life also plays a very important role. People living in unfavourable environments as well as also facing difficult socio-economic situations may begin life with increased vulnerability to diabetes as well as also many additional non-communicable diseases.
Diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low- as well as also middle-income countries over the past decade than of which has in high-income countries. Globally, three quarters of reported diabetes cases occur in low- as well as also middle-income countries of which are also experiencing mild to severe forms of food insecurity, which contributes to the increased occurrence of type 2 diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has estimated of which by 2030 the number of people living with diabetes globally will be likely to reach 552 million, with the highest number of cases occurring in Africa. In 2015, almost half of all adults with diabetes in Africa came via South Africa (2.3 million), Democratic Republic of Congo (1.8 million), Nigeria (1.6 million) as well as also Ethiopia (1.3 million).
In South Africa, 5.4% of the total adult population of 33.7 million will be diabetic, while a large proportion of of which population remains undiagnosed. This specific will be because of which takes…