Lifestyle Disease Management
Dr Rapiti maintains that people with asthma should lead as normal a life as possible like anyone else. He encourages his asthmatics to use their pumps correctly so that they can participate in sports at a competitive level with people, who do not have asthma. According to DR Rapiti, far too many people with asthma pass through life undiagnosed, and if they are diagnosed, many are poorly managed. The oldest patient that he diagnosed with asthma for the first time was an 82 year old female. The question he asks is: why did she have to suffer for so long before being diagnosed?
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Patients, with the assistance of their healthcare provider, should keep their blood sugar within the correct range to prevent them from getting into comas and to ensure that they do not end up with the complications like kidney failure, failing vision, erectile dysfunctions or amputations of the limbs.
Dr Rapiti attributes the growing number of diabetes in South Africa and the rest of the world to spiralling obesity.
Rule of Halves
- Half the people in the world with diabetes are undiagnosed
- Of the half diagnosed, only half are treated
- Of the half treated, only half are treated properly.
Early introduction of insulin is key
The main reason for complications from diabetes, like failing vision, heart attacks, erectile dysfunction
Obesity & Its Statistics
1) Obesity is a serious health issue in South Africa and the rest of the world. The WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates that there are 1 billion overweight people in the world.
2) The diabetes population will double due to obesity in the next 20 years in Sub-Saharan Africa.
3) One in five children is obese in South Africa.
Dr Rapiti has a special interest in the treatment of obesity. A healthy eating plan is available for download here. In most patients, a safe weight loss of up 1 to 2 kgs per week may be achieved by following a healthy eating plan such as this one.
Click HERE to download a PDF on how to lose 5 Kg a month!
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Asthma can be diagnosed in children as young as 6 months and or even older adults who may simply never have
Click HERE to download a PDF on how Asthma is more than a tight chest booklet!
Asthmatics should be encouraged to use their pumps regularly in order to help them to lead full active lives. Asthma pumps are neither addicting nor does it weaken the heart. According to DR Rapiti, this is
Another myth is that people think they should only use their pumps when their chest is tight. That is a big mistake. Often patients are unaware that their chest is closed.
Sometimes, the only symptom of asthma is cough especially at night and the only way to stop the cough of asthma is to use a preventer pump. A good night’s sleep, free of coughing will avoid daytime drowsiness in asthmatics. This is important for working people and school children.