Kwaito singer and TV actor, Tshepo Howza Mosese, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 20. We hear how he changed his lifestyle after he was diagnosed.
Although Tshepo Howza Mosese has a family history of Type 2 diabetes, he was caught off-guard by the diagnosis; especially given his young age. Like many young people, he believed that diabetes was a condition that affected older people.
Type 1 diabetes primarily occurs in children and adolescents and is believed to be an interplay between environmental and genetic factors. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of individuals living with diabetes and typically occurs in older adults with genetic and environmental factors, particularly diet and exercise having a role in the development of the condition.
After recovering from the shock of his diagnosis, Howza was proactive about taking charge of his health and has never been shy about his diabetes diagnosis. He uses every opportunity he gets to raise awareness and educate people about diabetes using different platforms.
Making the change
After his diagnosis, Howza made the wise decision to change his lifestyle and make sure he takes care of himself the best way possible by engaging in regular exercise, eating a healthy balanced diet, and regularly checking his blood glucose levels.
His journey of managing his condition was not an easy one. He started losing weight, having blurred vision, dehydration, frequent urination, and loss of energy.
“I have lived with the condition for many years, and over the years I have learned to make health and lifestyle choices that support my ongoing quest to live well and maintain healthy blood glucose levels.”
Being diagnosed with diabetes didn’t stop Howza from pursuing his dreams and aspirations. He continued with his acting career and used his popularity to communicate the importance of understanding your body and ways to better take care of yourself with or without diabetes. He continues to live a healthy lifestyle and shares his journey with legions of people in the country.