It is estimated that up to 1.5-million South Africans are not aware that they have diabetes, a potentially life-threatening condition that significantly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, warns the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa (HSFSA). Friday, Novemver 14 is World Diabetes Day.
On this day millions of people worldwide will be engaged in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007. The theme for this year is healthy living and diabetes.