Lion’s Old Age home tests over 80 residents within an hour for diabetes

Sharlien Tjambari

The Swakopmund Lions Club had their free diabetes testing on Wednesday this week in honour of the World Diabetes Day which is annually commemorated on 14 November. This year’s theme was “The Family and Diabetes”.
The lion’s Club frail care Nurse Francis Maletzky and Mrs Magret Bester tested about 80 pensioners and residents of the Lion’s Old Age Home within an hour’s time on Wednesday. The free testing takes place annually on this day at all the old age homes around the country. Some of the staff members who are not pensioners were also tested.
Research shows that over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Most of these cases are type two diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and the promotion of healthy living environments. Families have a key to play in addressing the modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes and must be provided with the necessary education, resources and environments to live a healthy life-style.
Diabetes is a costly condition and without the correct treatment life-threatening complications and even death can occur. Diabetes is a global issue. Research further indicates that it is the eighth most likely cause of death, which resulted in 4.9 million deaths in 2014 worldwide. According to the inter-national Diabetes Federation, almost 600 million people in the world may be living with diabetes by 2035.
Diabetes is a condition that affects more and more Namibians each year, yet very few people are aware of the extent of the problem. Therefore, the Namibian Diabetes Lifestyle Foundation was established in 2012. The main objectives of the foundation are: creating awareness so everyone can be informed about type 1 and 2 diabetes, whether it affects them-selves or those around them; and to give support to children living with type 1 diabetes without medical aid by providing them with insulin, blood glucose test strips and other needs that may arise for the effective management of this condition.

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