Johannesburg - On World Diabetes Day, South Africans do not have much to celebrate. With 10 000 new diabetes cases diagnosed every month, we are drowning in sugar - one of the most accessible, affordable and addictive of foods. 

When Melanie Pandoor was diagnosed with diabetes the news did not come as a complete shock, as she already had diabetic family members.

This is Melanie's story of losing her leg to diabetes, narrated by Dr Luvhengo, the Head of Surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. 

This, he says, is a health crisis worse than the HIV epidemic. 

"Sugar is not going to make this country sweet. We are fermenting this will be bitter for all of us." 

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