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Blue Monument in support of Diabetes Awareness month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and in support of the Diabetes Awareness Campaign and World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2014, the Voortrekker Monument will be covered in blue light for the whole month of November.
Type 2 Diabetes is for the most part a lifestyle disease and it’s the first time in known history that a non-infectious disease has posed a serious global health threat.
Type 2 Diabetes is a silent killer but it is the most common form of diabetes.
The good news is that it is a preventable disease that develops most often in adults but is increasingly seen in children and adolescents.
About 30% of people with Type 2 Diabetes have already developed complications by the time they are diagnosed.
Diabetes complications include heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputations and kidney failure and in most cases, these complications could have been avoided entirely by early diagnosis and proper treatment.
You are at increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes if you are 35 years or older, are overweight, lack exercise, have excess belly fat or follow a diet high in fats and sugars.
The signs and symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include excessive thirst, blurred vision, itching and skin infections, recurrent bladder infections and excessive urination, constant hunger, tiredness, have a family history of obesity or Type 2 Diabetes and follow a diet high in fats and sugar.
It is best to get tested as soon as you become aware of the first, even vague, warning signs. The earlier your diabetes is diagnosed and treated, the better.
A healthy lifestyle will keep your diabetes in check if you’ve already been diagnosed and it involve regular blood-glucose checks, follow a healthy diet, manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, maintaining a healthy weight, staying active and not smoking
There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed successfully with a healthy lifestyle and medication in the form of insulin injections or

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