Shop­pers of­fered free di­a­betes tests

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZIKHONA MOYIKWA

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. —

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