School hosts diabetes awareness week

2016-04-28 06:00
Photo: supplied Verulam Secondary School pupils Tyler Moodley and Njabulo Mbatha during diabetes awareness week.

Photo: supplied Verulam Secondary School pupils Tyler Moodley and Njabulo Mbatha during diabetes awareness week.

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VERULAM Secondary School’s youth empowerment society devoted all of last week to diabetes awareness as they highlighted issues surrounding the symptoms of the condition and preventative measures; especially concerning type-two diabetes.

A comprehensive programme culminated in an informative workshop presented by Grade 10 pupil, Tyler Moodley, members of staff and fellow pupils.

He discussed how type-two diabetes is becoming more common among teenagers as diet and lifestyle is changing, and that every 10 seconds, two people develop diabetes around the world.

He added that every eight seconds, one person dies as a consequence of diabetes related causes, which evoked alarm in the participating pupils and teachers.

Moodley emphasised that teenagers are becoming diabetic because of their increased consumption of junk-food and decreased physical activity. As there is no cure for type-two diabetes, lifestyle changes must be made.

Following Moodley’s presentation, Grade 11 pupil Njabulo Mbatha shared his journey to a healthier lifestyle with his peers after he was diagnosed with a compromised heart rate due to obesity.

He also revealed that his 13-year-old cousin was diagnosed with diabetes and that a 17-year-old friend of his has already had a stroke.

Co-ordinator of the awareness week and teacher at the school, Mr S. Chetty concluded the events by stating that damage to the eyes, kidneys and feet are irreversible and as a result, everyone needs to make appropriate changes as there is no cure for type-one and type-two diabetes.

For further information, contact Verulam Secondary School on 032 533 1431.

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