Participate in the Global Walk to raise awareness about diabetes

2013-10-23 00:00

DURBAN will be hosting the Diabetes SA Five-Kilometre Global Walk on November 17, raising awareness on a medical condition dubbed the “silent killer”.

This is the third year Durban has hosted the walk, and with November being Diabetes month, there are walks around the country, in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town at various times of the month.

Statistics show that diabetes is a serious medical condition. It results from too much glucose being in the bloodstream.

“We need to highlight that this condition is not to be taken lightly,” said Jenny Russell, branch manager of Diabetes SA in Durban. “It’s frightening to realise that at least 50% of people are unaware that they have the condition. In some countries the figure rises to nearly 80%.”

In South Africa, there are three to 3,5 million people diagnosed as being diabetic, with approximately 1,5 million undiagnosed.

“It’s a serious condition,” said Russell. “Diabetes is the largest cause of kidney failure and blindness, and there is no known cure for type one or two diabetes. People have a disjointed opinion of diabetes, thinking it prevents a normal lifestyle and drastic changes have to be made. This is a completely untrue.”

The walk in Durban is all about awareness, the chance for people to talk about diabetes and meet those who suffer from the condition. It also promotes exercise and physical activity.

The walk starts at 8 am, from the Lower Marine Parade Amphitheatre. Entry is R50 a person and the first 1 500 walkers to finish receive a goodie bag. Entries before October 30 qualify for a special lucky draw.

Contact Pat at 082 499 5222 or visit www.globaldiabetesrunwalkdurban.

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