Diabetes is claiming more women's lives than men - Stats SA

Imagine being told that your toe has to be amputated due to diabetic foot sepsis which has been brought on by obesity. And though you are admitted to hospital you do not recover enough to be discharged.

In fact your complications soon mean that you have to be amputated again just above the ankle. Then above the knee and pretty soon your whole leg has to go.

In fact now, after months in hospital, the doctors say you need to get your affairs in order because you are likely not going to leave alive.

Kerry Cullinan, Managing Editor at Health E-News Service says people who are diabetic may lose sensation in their feet, getting wounds without realising it. She adds that because some wounds are only picked up when it is far too late, leading to amputations of a toe or foot.

Statistics South Africa released shocking figures in February saying diabetes is now the number killer of women in South Africa.

Kerry Cullinan, Managing Editor at Health E-News Service

Doctors say it's mostly type two diabetes which isn't genetic and is lifestyle related.

Kerry Cullinan, Managing Editor at Health E-News Service

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