by Lois Moodley

Addressing diabetes

A free talk to address diabetes in Turffontein

Educating our children on nutrition
Childhood diabetes have increased

Cotlands proudly played host to a free diabetes talk following which they handed out free diabetes testing machines on earlier today at its Turffontein branch. 

According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in every 10 adults have diabetes and warns that diabetes will reach epidemic proportions by 2030. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to cardiovascular disease, blindness and kidney failure. 

The talk was held in light of this growing problem and in commemoration of World Diabetes Day (14 November).

The diabetes talk, presented by Roche Diabetes nurse Nana Masike, addressed  preventative measures and steps on how to manage diabetes.

Masike specialises in educating children and their caregivers on the long term lifestyle adjustments people living with diabetes need to make. Roche Diabetes Care offers support and facilitates camps for children living with diabetes. Courtesy of Roche Diabetes Care, Masike also handed out free diabetes blood glucose monitoring meters, which is useful in regulating sugar levels.

“While genetics or ethnic factors might play a part in a child becoming diabetic, type 2 diabetes is most often caused by bad eating habits and a lack of exercise. The talk was aimed at helping communities become aware of the dangers of diabetes, the importance of eating correctly and lifestyle alterations people living with diabetes need to make. We have  educated caregivers on what to look out for if they suspect their child may have diabetes,” says Masike. 

Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes in children:

Increased thirst and frequent urination

Extreme hunger

Weight loss

Fatigue

Irritability or unusual behaviour

Blurred vision

The talk is part of Cotlands commitment to improving the quality of health for all children. The organisation had encouraged all parents, teachers and children to participate in the morning session.

“We are thrilled to have an experienced educator like Nana to share her knowledge on diabetes, a condition that has infiltrated our communities and threatens the quality of life for so many children,” added Cotlands Gauteng Regional Manager, Sharmala Ishwarlall. 

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