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Diabetes mellitus mortality by major occupation category in South Africa, 2009—2016

In 2017, 451 million adults worldwide were estimated to have Diabetes mellitus (DM). The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) projected that by 2045, a total of 693 million DM cases will be recorded worldwide. In South Africa, DM is among the rapidly escalating leading causes of death.

In 2009, more than 2 million people aged 30 years and older were diagnosed with DM. This is attributable to several factors such as South Africa’s increased urbanisation and unhealthy lifestyle behaviours including poor nutritional intake and a lack of exercise.

Additionally, the economic transition, an increase in the ageing population, the nutrition transition due to urbanisation and the increased obesity rate, have also contributed to the high prevalence of DM.


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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