Curbing Diabetes Through Awareness
UKZN’s Endocrinology and Haematology postgraduate students from the Department of Human Physiology in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, recently hosted a diabetes awareness event at Ndukwenhle High School in Umlazi. This event was to raise awareness on the increase in prevalence of this disease which is expected to double in the next 10 years.
Students were involved in the planning and execution of the event as they relate better to high school pupils.
‘By targeting the youth to influence them to make healthy decisions from a young age, we might be able to decrease the prevalence of this disease in the future,’ said Dr Andile Khathi, a lecturer at UKZN.
‘This awareness proved fruitful. Firstly, the teachers and students were so keen to learn more about diabetes. In our glucose exhibition, teachers were testing glucose so that the pupils will observe how glucose is tested using a glucometer,’ said UKZN postgraduate student, Nomusa Christina Mzimela.
UKZN postgraduate student, Asiphaphola Ludidi, said the second intention of this awareness was to share information on healthy but affordable diet with learners.
The two UKZN student groups are involved in diabetes research and wanted to share information of how to prevent the onset of diabetes as well as share knowledge on managing the disease. There was also free testing of blood glucose, cholesterol, BMI and blood pressure. There were also various fun activities to promote healthy diets and exercise.
Words: Lihle Sosibo