DIABETES & OTHER ENDOCRINE DISORDERS
According to Stats SA the national disability prevalence in South Africa is approximately 7.5%, which starts in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin, which converts sugar, starches and food into energy.
In South Africa about 6% of the population suffers from diabetes, and there are many more that are undiagnosed. Of this 6%, approximately 10% have Type 1 diabetes and 90% have Type 2 Diabetes . Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin and the body has higher than normal blood glucose levels. Men are at a higher risk of developing diabetes than women.