Free Screening for Diabetes: 11 November 2016 07h00-14h00 at the Unity Park end of York Street

SOUTH AFRICA (November 2016) – Led by the International Diabetes Federation, World Diabetes Day unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy.

1On 14 November, the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign will again be celebrated. For the third consecutive year Dr Jacques van Staden and his team from Cycle4Diabetes will on Friday, 11 November 2016 turn the very top end of York Street BLUE to raise awareness around diabetes and to give back to the George community.

During the 2015 drive 841 people were screened, of which 309 were men and 532 women.  11 lives were changed for the good as these were people who did not know they are diabetic.  22 of those screened were uncontrolled diabetics who were again reminded that a healthy lifestyle and regular glucose tests can save your life. It is of the utmost importance that diabetes is kept firmly in the public spotlight.

The theme of World Diabetes Day 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes. The year’s activities and materials will focus on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.  A staggering 415 million adults were living with diabetes in 2015 and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million or one in ten adults by 2040. The number of people with diabetes in low- and middle-income countries will continue to grow, posing a threat to sustainable development. For example, by 2040 the number of people with diabetes in Africa is expected to double. The power is in your hands to act responsibly and have yourself screened for diabetes.

On 11 November 2016, the community of George will have the opportunity to unite and spread the message of the diabetes epidemic.    From 07:00 to 14:00 diabetes screening will be done by medical professionals free of charge to all members of the public at the very top of York Street.  Catch Jacques Arndt in action from 09:00 until 12:00 as he will again provide live music on the day with The Algoa FM hit mobile.  With the convenience of Go George, the public can catch a Go George bus, follow the blue and be screened for diabetes.

To contribute R20 to this commendable cause just SMS “diabetes” to 49277.  Remember, 11 November is around the corner so “Keep your eyes on diabetes!”

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