THE Refreshhh Sugar Free Global Diabetes Walk takes place this Saturday morning at Lakeside, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, starting at 9am and is open to the public.A fun-filled untimed 5km walk around the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and Lake precinct is an annual event hosted around the world to highlight the international fight for diabetes awareness. Diabetes is a metabolic disease characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels that result from defects in insulin secretion, or its action, or both. Normally our blood glucose levels are tightly controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin lowers the blood glucose level. When the blood glucose elevates (for example, after eating food), insulin is released from the pancreas to normalize the glucose level by promoting the uptake of glucose into body cells. In those with diabetes, the absence of sufficient production of or lack of response to insulin causes hyperglycemia. Diabetes is a chronic medical condition, meaning that although it can be controlled, it lasts a lifetime. Over time diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and over time is the primary cause of strokes, coronary heart disease, and other large blood vessel diseases.Online registration (www.zsports.co.za/GlobalWalk) is just R50 and R10 for pets on a leash. Medals and a 2-litre Refreshhh Sugar Free drink are given to all finishers. Walk starts at 9am on Lakeside and concludes at 10:30am with a host of lucky draw prizes.July Night Relay next TuesdayThe July edition of the Town Lodge Business Night Relay takes place next Tuesday, July 26, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and is open to running teams of 5 people and walking teams of 3 people. This unique corporate team building event sees team members completing a 3.5km loop in relay style within the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium precinct, starting at 6pm, followed by prize giving at 8pm with over R20 000 in lucky draw prizes up for grabs. The Night Relay also offers companies and social teams a great training opportunity for the upcoming Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race which takes place on Sunday, October 2, for teams of 5 runners and one MTB rider. See www.NightRelay.co.za for more info ahead of next Tuesday’s event, the penultimate in the 2016 winter series.