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World Diabetes Day Virtual Walk/Run

Date: 
14 Nov 2020

 

Diabetes Mellitus is a growing epidemic in South Africa. 

Diabetes Mellitus (commonly known as diabetes) is a disease where the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high and the body cannot use it properly. 

Did you know? *

  • In 2019 in South Africa, 4.6 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes - more than double the figure estimated in 2017. 
  • 1 in 8 adult South Africans have diabetes, but 50% do not know it!
  • South Africa has the highest proportion of adult diabetics in Africa, and the greatest number of deaths due to the disease.
  • Being overweight or having a family member with diabetes can make you more likely to develop it.  

Diabetes concerns every family and awareness helps early detection.

  • Type 2 Diabetes is largely preventable through living a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment are key to prevent complications of diabetes and achieve healthy outcomes.
  • Family support in diabetes care has been shown to have a substantial effect in improving health outcomes for people with diabetes.

People with Diabetes are 3 times more likely to get TB

  • People with Diabetes can easily get TB because of weaker immune systems 
  • 1 out of 9 people with TB have Diabetes
  • TB and Diabetes are the most common causes of natural death in South Africa

Join us on World Diabetes Day and walk or run any distance wearing blue to raise awareness for TB and diabetes.

You can even join or create a challenge on your fitness app and share your photos and experiences by using: #WorldDiabetesDay and #BeatTB! 

 

*Source: IDF Diabetes Atlas 2019