Sunday , March 26 2023

On the day of diabetes … go for easy finger prick test


Hoosen Motala (South African diabetic vice chair), Sister Gertie, Louise Molyneaux.

Durban – The number of people with diabetes worldwide is 425 million, and by 2045 it will increase to 629 million people, the International Diabetes Federation said.

The World Diabetes Day will be held on November 14 and the annual Diabetes Treatment will be held on 11 November at The Garden of Plenty.

One of the enthusiastic activists of the disease is Durban's Louise Molyneaux, a victim of diabetes, kidney failure and diabetes in South Africa.

Her family did not believe she was a diabetic. "26 days ago I woke up in the morning and realized the terrible fact that I was a diabetic patient, my husband and my doctor laughed, but my blood test showed my blood sugar level to be 22 when it was actually 6"

She said that when she had diabetes, she could not make enough insulin or use insulin properly. As a result, glucose in the bloodstream can not travel to the cell and be used as energy or accumulated in the bloodstream. Damage due to elevated blood sugar is irreversible and diabetes is associated with cardiovascular disease, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, limb amputation, sexual dysfunction, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Molino said there is little or no diabetes education available in the state system because of the lack of funds and staff. "It is not uncommon not to take insulin or medications that need to cure their condition, although the most painful people are from disadvantaged communities. In terms of emotional and financial complications, treatment is tremendous. "

Molyneaux advises people to have a regular checkup and glucose test once a year. "If you suspect you have diabetes, go to your local pharmacy and take a test by stabbing your fingers. Do not leave it, because it's done, so you have to investigate. Diabetes does not affect only one organ, it affects the eye, kidneys, circulation It's not something you can ignore. "

In the case of Molino everyone has to go out to care for their health – one thing that money can not buy. "Take a health checkup once a year and insist that you have a glucose test. Make it as active as possible. For optimum health, you should exercise three hours a week."

Molyneaux will participate in the diabetes event on Sunday and this is part of the Durban Wellness Festival, a healthy celebration of everything. All proceeds from the 5km walk will be directed to diabetes SA Durban.

Running takes place at 8 am on The Durban Amphitheater in the Bay of Plenty. Registration starts at 7 am Families are encouraged and pets are allowed on the straps. There will be a free test station for blood glucose, blood pressure and foot examinations.

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