Diabetes walk entries open

2016-06-15 06:00

LAST year 2.28 million cases of diabetes were reported in South Africa – it is estimated that between 4 to 6 million people in SA have diabetes and that most of them are unaware that they have the condition.

If this statistic does not shock you, maybe this statement will: type 2 diabetes has emerged as the new “paediatric disorder”.

The estimated diabetes prevalence in South Africa is now above 8%, yet the country’s health system, geared to treating infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis, is struggling to keep up.

There are two types of diabetes, of which type 1 cannot be prevented. It is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Type 2 diabetes means the body is not responding correctly to insulin. This is caused mainly by obesity and being unfit. Type 2 diabetes is now emerging in teenagers and even children under the age of 10.

The prevention of type 2 diabetes starts with acknowledging that you are in a high risk group and getting tested annually. Lifestyle and type 2 diabetes are closely linked.

To highlight diabetes in our community, the Port Elizabeth branch of Diabetes South Africa will be hosting their annual fundraising and awareness walk on Saturday, July 23, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The 2016 Refreshhh Sugar Free Global Diabetes Walk offers local communities the opportunity to come and get their blood glucose levels tested (free of charge) and join others on an untimed walk around the North End Lake and stadium precinct.

The first 500 people to register for the Refreshhh Sugar Free Global Diabetes Walk will each receive a goody bag and t-shirt whilst all finishers will get a 2 litre Refreshhh Sugar Free cooldrink, finishers medal and stand a chance at winning some fantastic lucky draw prizes.

Come and step out and be active on July 23 and let’s create awareness to the threat of diabetes and the need for regular testing and a healthy lifestyle which reduces the consumption of sugar, processed and convenience foods.

The walk will start at 9am on July 23 with the prize giving taking place at 11am or earlier if the last participants are done.

Entries for the Global Diabetes Walk are available at Toby’s Caltex (8th Avenue Walmer), Brian Bands Sports (Newton Park), News Cafe (Boardwalk) or from the Zsports Offices at North End Lake.

Discounted entries are offered online on www.zsports.co.za/GlobalWalk.

Exhibitors, various testing facilities and food vendors will be available on the morning of the walk.

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