Check your blood sugar this week

When Herald photographer Vee Ramsayi (centre) went to take photographs at a Ramsgate Lions' free sugar testing morning, Sister Jan McCook and Lion Rob Henry encouraged him to put down his camera and have a quick sugar check. Vee encourages local people to celebrate World Diabetes Week by following his lead and attending the Lions' sugar testing morning at the Hibiscus Mall this Saturday, November 18.

WITH World Diabetes Week being celebrated this week, Ramsgate Lions are holding a free blood sugar testing morning at the Hibiscus Mall this Saturday, November 18, from 9am to 12.30pm.

KwaZulu Private Ambulance staff will also be there to test blood pressures.

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According to Ramsgate Lion Rob Henry, diabetes affects individuals, families and communities, including many of the people we know and love. Diabetes statistics are shocking, but can be changed through greater awareness of the disorder, prevention and treatment.

The widespread disorder is now considered a global epidemic and it is estimated that 642-million people will have diabetes – 10 percent of the anticipated global population – by 2040. An estimated 422 million adults currently have diabetes.

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the world and the sixth leading cause of death among women. One person dies from diabetes every seven seconds and 5-million people die annually.

What is frightening is that half the people with diabetes don’t even know they have it, so regular sugar tests, like those offered by the Ramsgate Lions, are important. About 77 percent of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries.

During their Worldwide Week of Service for Diabetes this week Lions from 48 000 clubs worldwide will make important decisions about how to fight diabetes at local level.

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