The festive season can be a tough time for the 1,8 million South Africans who are affected by diabetes mellitus. Many of the lifestyle factors that diabetics are advised to avoid – such as drinking, consuming vast amounts of sugar and red meat, smoking and being inactive – are how the rest of the population fill their days during the December/January holiday time.
Petrie Marx, Product Actuary at Sanlam Personal Finance, says this time of year can be stressful for diabetics as they’re out of their normal routine. ‘November is Diabetes Awareness Month, when the global spotlight is placed on this chronic disease. It’s the perfect time to remind diabetics and their loved ones to take care during the festive season. Managing A1C levels is always top of mind for diabetics and never more so than during the holidays.’
Click here for a few tips from Petrie for a diabetes-friendly holiday.
Make sure clients’ medical aid is up to date before they go away on holiday, Petrie advises. Before departing, clients should also locate hospitals close to their destination that are on their medical plan.
If travelling to a new location, clients should find a GP and 24-hour medical room and familiarise themselves with the location so they can receive efficient treatment and continue their holiday afterwards.
This holiday season, Sanlam wants to ensure clients and their family are properly protected, no matter what.