THIS year’s Refreshhh Global Diabetes Walk will be taking place on Saturday, July 23, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium starting at 9am. Whilst only 2 million cases of diabetes are reported in South Africa, it is estimated that between 4 to 6 million people in SA may be living with diabetes. Internationally run events like the Global Diabetes Walk are aimed at highlighting Diabetes and helping people become aware of this killer illness.There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 which cannot be prevented and Type 2 diabetes which is caused by the body not responding correctly to insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is caused mainly by obesity and being unfit and, whilst once a disease of the elderly, it’s now starting to emerge 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 PE branch of Diabetes SA host this annual fundraising and awareness walk sponsored by Refreshhh Sugar Free. Exhibitors and free blood glucose testing will be on offer before the social untimed 5km walk around the North End Lake and stadium precinct. Free T-shirts and goody bags are available to the first 500 people to enter whilst medals and a 2 litre Refreshhh Sugar Free drink are given to all finishers. Online registration is R50, manual entry at News Café Boardwalk, or Brian Bands Sports is R60 and/or on the morning of the event. This is a pet friendly walk with a R10 per pet on a leash entry fee with the first 50 pets each getting their own goody bag from Montego Pet Nutrition. See www.zsports.co.za/GlobalWalk for further information and online registration.