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Free diabetes screening and blood pressure testing aims to get Capetonians on the healthy lifestyle journey<p>Today, as part of the City of Cape Town’s commitment to the global Partnership for Healthy Cities which is committed to reducing non-communicable diseases, I launched a free diabetes screening and blood pressure testing drive. <br> <br>As a caring city, we want to assist residents to make informed decisions and invite them to join us on a healthy living mission. Many non-communicable diseases can be prevented simply by making better choices about what we eat and by ensuring that we get in enough physical activity to lead healthier lives. </p><p>The City has committed to a campaign to reduce consumption of sugary drinks as part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities efforts.<br> <br>As part of our Healthy Living Programme, we have started a public awareness campaign with billboards and posters in various public spaces to raise awareness about the dangers of unhealthy eating and consumption of sugary drinks. The reduction of sugary drink consumption can considerably reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. </p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/screening1.jpg" alt="" style="width:804px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/screening2.jpg" alt="" style="width:978px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b>Flower power, lets plant a plant!</b> - Loren ipsum dolor <a title="title" href="#">sit amet loren</a> ipsum dolor sit sit amet.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/screening3.jpg" alt="" style="width:1020px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b>Stark​​ Pond</b> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet ipsum dolor sit.</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p> </p><p>Often people do not realise the importance of conscious eating and are unaware of the dangers of junk food and sugary drinks. The campaign’s objective is to raise awareness on the risks associated with unhealthy lifestyles and encourage residents to take care of themselves by eating healthily and making key changes towards a healthier lifestyle. </p><p>There are two common types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, where the body no longer produces insulin. This condition requires you to consult your healthcare practitioner to manage the condition and prevent complications. Most people with Type 1 diabetes require injectable insulin. </p><p>Type 2 diabetes is often called ‘sugar diabetes’ and can be brought on from poor lifestyle, such as eating lots of unhealthy foods and not exercising. Some people are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes because they have a family history of the disease and are more susceptible. </p><p>Many people have Type 2 diabetes and do not realise it, so it is very important to get tested to ensure it is managed and that complications (like high blood pressure, heart disease, amputations or blindness) are prevented.</p><p>The prevalence of diabetes in South Africa is estimated at 9,5%, with almost half of those individuals going undiagnosed. This campaign focuses on Type 2 diabetes which can be prevented and treated effectively through proper nutrition and adopting a healthy lifestyle. </p><p>To assist residents and City staff live a healthier lifestyle and be aware of the risks associated with diseases of lifestyle, nursing staff will be on hand at the Cape Town Civic Centre for the next few days. We will be offering free diabetes screenings and blood pressure testing by professional staff and will provide referrals if necessary.</p><p>The health checks will be taking place during Mayor’s Market days when we see many more people visiting the Civic Centre. I urge all staff and residents to stop by at the testing stations and be empowered by knowing the status of their health and making positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle. We can only act when we know our health status and it is important to be aware of your blood glucose levels. As stated before, many people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes are not aware that they are living with the illness and treatment can be effective before any great harm is done.</p><p>For those residents and staff who are not able to come to the testing drive, these tests can also be done free of charge at all City health facilities across the metro. <br> <br>The free testing will be available on the following days and times:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Thursday 26 July between 13:00 and 15:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Friday 27 July between 9:00 and 15:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Monday 30 July between 9:00 and 15:00</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Tuesday 31 July between 9:00 and 15:00</div></li></ul><p>Let’s get tested and healthy, Cape Town, so we can all continue living our best lives and making progress possible together.<br> <br> <br><strong>End </strong><br></p>2018-07-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0444969c-27e4-469c-a8d6-8a6eca5685bd;L0|#00444969c-27e4-469c-a8d6-8a6eca5685bd|testing;GP0|#0b858893-1ef6-46d3-9364-6c1c772e881d;L0|#00b858893-1ef6-46d3-9364-6c1c772e881d|Clinics1

 

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