Mark Koekemoer writes:
Firstly, let me just clear a few things up:
1. In South Africa, we do not live in huts.
2. There are no elephants or lions that roam freely in the streets or nearby said huts.
3. There ain’t no barbecue like a braai. (South African “barbecue”)
[Mark continues... :)]
Stats on diabetes in South Africa aren’t as well-documented as they are in the U.S., but some local community stats from the website Sweetlife show this:
* According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the estimated number of people with diabetes in South Africa is around 840 000, but other studies say there may be as many as 1.5 million diabetics.
* The World Diabetes Foundation says that in developing countries (like South Africa), less than half of people with diabetes are diagnosed. Without diagnosis and treatment, complications from diabetes rise at an alarming rate. This same foundation says that 85% of those with diabetes in South Africa are undiagnosed!
* Most at risk of developing diabetes in South Africa are the black community because of rapid lifestyle and cultural changes, and people of Indian descent because of their hereditary genes and diet.
* 90% of people with diabetes in South Africa have type 2 diabetes; 10% have type 1 diabetes.
* In South Africa 1 in 5 people older than 35 have type 2 diabetes; more than 50% are unaware of this.
[AS: Loved this! Read Mark's post in full on Diabetes Mine by clicking on the title link above]