Rai­sing a­wa­re­ness for e­ar­ly-on­set di­a­be­tes

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

Be­fo­re her se­cond birt­hday, P­let­ten­berg Bay young­ster Ash­ley Wil­li­ams was di­ag­no­sed with ty­pe 1 di­a­be­tes, but inste­ad of let­ting it af­fect her li­fe ne­ga­ti­ve­ly, it mo­ti­va­ted her fa­mi­ly to rai­se a­wa­re­ness a­bout the di­se­a­se.

On Sa­tur­day 17 No­vem­ber, the young gi­rl’s mot­her Pe­tro­nel­la Wil­li­ams will be hos­ting a fun walk or run in P­lett to do just that.

Wil­li­ams ex­plains that Ash­ley, now ni­ne y­e­ars old, was di­ag­no­sed with di­a­be­tes w­hen she was on­ly 23 mont­hs old.

“Be­cau­se it was de­tected e­ar­ly we could ma­ke the ne­ces­sa­ry ad­jus­t­ments to en­s­u­re that she li­ves a re­la­ti­ve­ly nor­mal li­fe,” Wil­li­ams says.

She adds that ne­ver skip­ping her me­di­ca­ti­on, e­a­ting he­althy food and re­gu­lar exe­r­ci­ses ha­ve hel­ped Ash­ley to en­joy li­fe li­ke most gi­rls her age.

It is be­lie­ved that a­bout 7% of the South A­fri­can po­pu­la­ti­on suf­fers from di­a­be­tes. “The mes­sa­ge we are trying to get out the­re is the im­por­tan­ce of e­ar­ly de­tecti­on and then ma­na­ging the di­se­a­se.”

So­me of the symp­toms, she says, in­clu­de fre­quent u­ri­na­ti­on, ex­ces­si­ve thirst, in­cre­a­sed hun­ger, weig­ht loss, ti­red­ness, blur­red vi­si­on and lack of con­cen­tra­ti­on.

The e­vent will kick off at Cross­fit P­lett at the Mar­ket S­qua­re Shop­ping Cen­t­re at 08:00 w­hen par­ti­ci­pants can re­gis­ter be­fo­re co­ve­ring a 10.2km loop.

The en­try fee is R50 for a­dults and R20 for child­ren.

Wil­li­ams says all the funds rai­sed would be gi­ven to the lo­cal C­licks P­har­ma­cy. “C­licks will then use the funds to sub­si­di­se, a­mong ot­hers, b­lood glu­co­se tes­ting strips for t­ho­se who need it. The­re will be a pre­ap­pro­ved be­ne­fi­ci­a­ry list.” Find out mo­re Mo­re in­fo: Pe­tro­nel­la Wil­li­ams 071 030 0101.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Ash­ley Wil­li­ams who suf­fers from di­a­be­tes, with her mot­her Pe­tro­nel­la Wil­li­ams who is rai­sing a­wa­re­ness a­bout the di­se­a­se with a fun walk/run t­his co­ming wee­kend.

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