|World Diabetes day|
Women are generally the primary caretakers in the family and play a central role in the long-term health status of children and other household members.
But this crucial role could diminish in the next few years, as women face their own health-care battles. One major challenge is diabetes, with the latest statistics showing that women remain the most vulnerable to this lifestyle disease compared to males.
Locally diabetes has become the biggest killer of South African women, and according to the Statistics SA - the statistics only paint an even worse story on its socio-economic toll.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), almost 200 million women live with diabetes worldwide. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
It is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
Unfortunately, because of poor socio-economic conditions, girls and women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries.
Socio-economic inequalities also expose women to the main risk factors of diabetes including poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco consumption and harmful use of alcohol.