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Sugar Tax: A small price to pay to save lives

As SA moves towards the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), the debate continues on whether paying more for these drinks could assist in reducing South Africa’s growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes. (more…)

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First co-formulation of an ultra-long-acting and a short-acting insulin analogue

Novo Nordisk recently presented the latest addition to their insulin portfolio. The first co-formulation of an ultra-long-acting and a short-acting insulin analogue, was introduced at the event attended by more than 550 doctors and colleagues. Attending the event at the Sandton Convention Centre, among some eminent local physicians, guests included Novo Nordisk Corporate Vice President […]

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Hidden faces of diabetes

Pfizer held its third Hidden Faces of Diabetes event, this time at the Sandton Hilton hotel, in Johannesburg chaired by Prof Larry Distiller. Medical Chronicle Editor, Claire Rush McMillan, covered the event. (more…)

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Threat of the metabolic syndrome

The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of the most dangerous heart attack risk factors: diabetes and raised fasting plasma glucose, abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. (more…)

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AstraZeneca launches global diabetes study

There are 387 million people with diabetes worldwide, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Diabetes causes five million deaths annually and threatens to derail economic stability due to the billions lost in productivity and healthcare costs. The IDF also predicts that there may be almost 600 million people living with diabetes by 2035. Recognising […]

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SA Diabetes Guidelines: Optimal injection techniques

Guidelines for optimal injection techniques for diabetes have been launched in SA to overcome poor compliance and incorrect insulin dosage that contribute to the disorder, which is reaching epidemic proportions. The guidelines, which were made public at an official launch on 10 April at the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE), were created by the […]

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Addressing the State of Diabetes in SA

Dr Greg Hough, Endocrinologist, Netcare Greenacres Hospital Diabetes is any disorder that results in raised serum glucose levels, and the last time anyone bothered to count, there were 42 different causes. One of the first mistakes that doctors make when treating diabetes is forgetting to ask why. Why is this patient’s blood sugar high? Which of the […]

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