Diabetes: Are You At Risk?


Last week, the world celebrated the World Diabetes Day. All over the globe, different events were held to draw the needed attention to the chronic disease, Diabetes mellitus. Over the next few weeks, we shall be looking closely at this new age pandemic and giving it the necessary attention.

The latest figure shows that globally, 387 million people aged 20 – 70years are living with diabetes (8.3% prevalence) while Africa accounts for over 22 million people with diabetes (IDF Diabetes Atlas Sixth Edition Update, International Diabetes Federation 2014).

The real worry about diabetes is the complications that arise. Early detection and treatment can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes. There are certain symptoms that can be described as typical for diabetes. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms, so mild, that they go unnoticed; the so called “silent disease”.

Some of the common symptoms include;

  • Urinating often

  • Feeling unusually very thirsty