Did you know that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world?
Over the past three decades, the occurrence of diabetes has risen dramatically in all countries of all income levels. The prevalence of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa is rapidly rising. This rise is due to ageing populations and lifestyle changes – including unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects your body’s ability to produce insulin, the hormone that unlocks the body’s cells, allowing it to turn food into energy. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it makes as well as it should.
There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when your immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. This form of diabetes is, sadly, something that usually develops in children or young adults and is the more aggressive of the two types.
Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1. It occurs when there is an irregularity in insulin production in your body. It is more common for people over 35 to get this type of diabetes, but many younger cases have also been reported.
Diabetes on the African Continent
- 24 million adults (20-79) lived with diabetes in the IDF Africa Region in 2021. This figure is estimated to increase to 33 million by 2030 and 55 million by 2045.
- 52 million adults (20-79) in the IDF Africa Region have Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) which places them at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- This figure is estimated to reach 71 million by 2030 and 117 million by 2045.
- 13 million adults living with diabetes in the IDF Africa Region are undiagnosed – 54% of the total number of adults with diabetes in the region.
- 1 in 8 live births in the IDF Africa Region is affected by hyperglycaemia in pregnancy.
(Source: IDF Diabetes Atlas)
What Can I Do to Reduce the Risk of Diabetes?
Lifestyle changes can prevent or at least delay type 2 diabetes. To reduce your risk of diabetes, you can make the following lifestyle changes,
- Eating fewer high-fat and high-calorie foods
- Losing body weight (if overweight)
- Increased physical activity (Exercising at least three times a week)
Euracare: Addressing Prostate Cancer in Africa.
Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the prostate gland cells and is found only in males.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Many prostate cancers grow slowly and are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm. This means that many people with prostate cancer do not show any symptoms until the cancer is in its late stages.
More advanced prostate cancer may cause signs and symptoms such as:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- Bone pain
- Losing weight without trying
- Erectile dysfunction
At Euracare, we are committed to helping reduce the prevalence of prostate cancer in the African continent. By leveraging our state-of-the-art facilities and world-class specialists, we aim to fight the prevalence of prostate cancer in Africa.
To join the fight against prostate cancer, book your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test today and get your results in just 2 hours.
To help address the prevalence of prostate cancer in the African continent, Euracare Ghana and Euracare Nigeria are offering you the opportunity to check the health of your prostate for only GHS150 and N23,650, respectively. These offers are only available from 1 November to 31 December. To book your appointment, call or email:
Claim your free GP consultation today! Our experts are here to help you get ahead of your health.
Euracare Nigeria is offering you a chance to receive free registration and a free GP consultation between 1 November and 30 November.
How do I qualify for this offer?
- You must be a resident of Victoria Island or Oniru.
- You must not have registered with Euracare before or be a registered patient that has not accessed care at Euracare for the past year.
What are the benefits of visiting a GP?
- They help maintain your overall well-being and improve your quality of life.
- You will receive an expert diagnosis and understand how to treat your health conditions.
- You may get an early diagnosis of an underlying illness which can improve your chances of a successful recovery.
- They will help you effectively manage your chronic conditions.
To register and claim this offer all you have to do is:
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