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Are you at risk of Type 2 diabetes? This 1-minute video might help

One of the things that’s so difficult about the COVID-19 situation at the moment is that we’re all tired. It’s hard to stay vigilant for so long, and the only tools we’ve been given against a second wave are masks, sanitizer and social distancing.

But there’s one more tool to offer: a 1-minute test to help protect you from severe COVID-19.

The link between diabetes and COVID-19

What the research tells us is this:

  • People with diabetes have a four times higher risk of being infected with COVID-19.
  • People with diabetes are two times more likely to be hospitalized, and three times more likely to be admitted to ICU if they have COVID-19.
  • People with diabetes have a three times higher case fatality rate when infected with COVID-19.
  • But… Better diabetes control leads to better recovery, and more positive outcomes.

ALSO SEE: 7 signs your baby or toddler may have type 1 diabetes

Here’s the problem:

Of the estimated 4.5 million people in South Africa with Type 2 diabetes, at least half of them are undiagnosed. So, you could have Type 2 diabetes and be at a greater risk of getting serious COVID-19 without knowing it.

What to do?

Watch this (adorable) 1-minute video of cute pets playing while you count your risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. You’ll know within 1 minute if you need to be concerned.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes

  • 45 years old (or older) OR
  • Overweight or obese AND
  • Physically inactive (not much exercise)
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease history
  • High-risk ethnic group (Asian Indian, Coloured)
  • Diabetes during pregnancy or a baby over 4kg
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

ALSO SEE: Pregnancy and diabetes | Everything you need to know

If this sounds like you, it’s important to go for a diabetes screening. There are free screenings at Clicks Clinics and many independent pharmacies during November (National Diabetes Month).

It is possible to reverse Type 2 diabetes in many cases, and entirely possible to live a healthy, happy life with Type 2 diabetes. But only if you know you’re living with it.

More about the expert:

Bridget McNulty is a Type 1 diabetic and the co-founder of Sweet Life Diabetes Community, SA’s largest online diabetes community. Find out more about how to live well with diabetes at www.sweetlife.org.za

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