Extensive investments have been made in health education programmes across South African communities to promote health and prevent conditions such as HIV/AIDS and Tuberculous (TB), just to name a few. However, the ‘silent killer’ that is predicted to become the leading cause of deaths in future is diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic, lifelong condition that affects your body’s ability to use the energy provided by food. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease where the pancreas either does not produce any or enough insulin, which causes an excess of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin is the hormone that assists your body’s cells to use glucose as energy for it to function properly.
There are two major types of diabetes, namely:
To encourage a healthy lifestyle and reduce the health risks associated with this condition, we will be focusing on, Type 2 diabetes.
As a condition that many may be unaware of, symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes develop at a slow pace and may take several years to develop. Early-stage symptoms include:
If undetected or not managed at an earlier stage, it can lead to severe symptoms such as:
The good news is that you can take preventative steps or delay the development of this type of diabetes by implementing the right measures in your lifestyle. These measures include:
The Bestmed Diabetes care programme
The Bestmed Diabetes care programme, administered by HaloCare, focuses on actively managing members with diabetes while taking into consideration any associated diseases/disorders, e.g. high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc. The programme is designed to assist the diabetic member and their dependants to live a constructive and rewarding life.
For more information on the diabetes care programme and benefits, visit: Bestmed | Benefits and cover | Diabetes
Bestmed Tempo wellness programme
As a member you can become the change you want with our Bestmed Tempo wellness programme, which supports you in improving your health by providing you with access to the Bestmed Tempo Health Assessment at any of the Scheme’s network pharmacies (Dis-Chem, Clicks, Van Heerden, Alpha Pharm). The assessment includes one of each of the following per adult beneficiary (16 years and above):
You can access more information on these benefits by visiting: https://www.bestmed.co.za/tempo-wellness/tempo-wellness-programme
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Most South Africans do not know they have diabetes | Health E-News
Bestmed Medical Scheme | Diabetes Care