Monday, November 12, 2012

12 November - Health - This week marks National Diabetes Awareness Week

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Margot Mc Cumisky - from Diabetes South Africa. We were talking about diabetes and what can be done to lead a normal life if you suffer from diabetes. This week marks National Diabetes Awareness Week and on Wednesday is World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming rise in diabetes around the world. It is reported that Diabetes affects 2.6 % of men and 3.9 % of women according to the 2003 Demographic and Health Survey. This is made up in population categories for men as 1.8 % of the African population, 11.4 % of the Asian population, 3.1 % of the Coloured population, 8.6 % of the White population. But Margot explained more. Join the Cape Town Global Diabetes Run/Walk on Saturday November 17th, 2012 from 08:30AM at Mouille Point Lighthouse in Green Point, Cape Town. For further information contact Diabetes SA Western Cape on (021) 425 4440 or send an email to or alternatively visit

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