Ryan Conybeare, UPD Business Development Manager, says that although the World Health Day awareness campaign is held on the 7th April each year, pharmacies make good health and wellbeing easily accessible throughout the year.

“The Link group fully supports local and global health awareness days but we encourage our customers to talk to their pharmacists, turning health awareness into an everyday subject. Our skilled and experienced pharmacists, many of whom are the pharmacy owners, offer quality advice and services to help community members to take care of their health”.

Conybeare cites just two examples of serious diseases which need to be diagnosed early.

“Campaigns to raise awareness of diabetes and hypertension (or high blood pressure) are held annually in  November and May respectively. Both of these diseases can be undetected – the reason why hypertension is called the ‘silent killer’. According to the IDF (International Diabetes Federation), 4.5 million South Africans have diabetes. Hypertension is one of the most serious risk factors for heart diseases and strokes. The Heart Foundation reports that hypertension is responsible for 1 in every 2 strokes and 2 in every 5 heart attacks in South Africa. Talk to your Link community pharmacist about screening and testing for these non-communicable (non-infectious) diseases”.

More information about Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension:

Type 2 diabetes.
Many people with Type 2 diabetes, even though they have raised blood sugar levels, may not experience symptoms related to this condition if the levels are not high enough. The consequences of untreated or uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes can affect heart and blood vessels; eyes; kidneys; nerves; gastrointestinal tract and gums and teeth.

Hypertension (High blood pressure).
1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men do not know that they have hypertension or high blood pressure – as such, this  condition has been tagged as the ‘silent killer’. Hypertension is a serious condition and can increase the risk of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases.

“The Link logo is an everyday beacon of health and wellness in the communities that we serve. They offer an expert and caring service to assist you with your prescriptions and over- the- counter medication but importantly, are there to talk to throughout the year about your health. Don’t wait”.

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