Shoppers offered free diabetes tests
TO COMMEMORATE World Diabetes Day, Diabetes SA yesterday provided free medical tests to shoppers at Vincent mall.
Nurses, stationed near Pick n Pay at the mall, will continue offering the free tests between 10am and 3pm until Friday.
The week-long testing, which started on Monday, has drawn many shoppers.
Luvuyo Mqhayi, who was diagnosed with diabetes 17 years ago, said it was important to get tested regularly, eat healthily and exercise regularly.
“I am a type 1 diabetic. I use medication, not insulin. It is vital that people understand that knowing your diabetes status means that it can be treated early,” he said.
Marilyn Gericke applauded DSA’s initiative.
“I know all there is to know about diabetes because my husband is diabetic. He used to get grumpy because of his sugar levels, but now it is quite wellcontrolled.
“When I first found out that my husband was diabetic, I noticed that he had lost weight drastically, so if you are losing weight abnormally, or going to the loo a lot, don’t hesitate to get tested,” she said.
Chairman of DSA, Earl Bell, said yesterday’s testing was part of a resolution made by the United Nations to recognise diabetes as a major cause of death in the world. —