Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wellness Festival highlights Diabetes in KZN

On Saturday, November 11, the annual 2017 Durban Wellness Festival 5km
walk/run was held - supported by SASA and Lilly to promote general health
and wellness, and in particular an awareness campaign and to raise funds on
behalf of Diabetes SA Durban.

The event took place at the Lower Marine Parade Amphitheatre at the Bay of
Plenty and saw everyone - from babies in prams, people in wheelchairs, to
dogs on leashes all turning up to support from all over KZN. Durban was
certainly "doing it for diabetes".  

"Even though World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14 with
the aim of raising awareness and educating people about this dreaded
disease, its complications and the care that people with this condition
need, we encourage the public to show more interest in monitoring their
health, fitness and diet irrespective of the date being "observed," says
Jenny Russell, the Branch Manager at Diabetes SA in Durban. "Diabetes has

been dubbed the 'silent killer' for years and we seriously need to do
something about it collectively!" she added. 

The day ended with loads of lucky draws taking place after the walk, with
the addition of a wellness expo at the amphitheatre where free blood sugar,
blood pressure & kidney function checks took place as well as experts in
their field present for members of the public to ask Diabetes related

Seen at the festival were: Jenny Russell from Diabetes SA Durban office with the Brown's - Kerry-Ann,
Kieran and Ruleyn
Jodi Aigner, Thembi Manukuza, Neetu Pillay, Dana Govender
Sindi Buthelezi, Londi Qwabe, Toys Qwabe, Sam Maphumulo
Dharmendra Parekh, Susheila Naidoo, Rafeek Nakooda Dylan Jordaan, Liam Bruce, Calvin Botha

Words and images Steven Brown

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wellness Festival draws closer

Kevin Bouwer (Type 1 Diabetic) with Riley Mc Cabe who will be participating in the Durban Wellness Festival 
on Saturday, November 11th and Molly (the Marshall) Nel from the Durban Athletics Club who will be one 
of the marshalls on hand on the day of the event. image supplied by Steven Brown


Denial gets you nowhere - so, find out more about diabetes as the Durban Wellness Festival gets a step closer!

Known as the “silent killer” disease, diabetes can really impact on your quality of life – but it is either preventable or manageable. To put it simply, knowledge is power, according to Jenny Russell, the manager of the Diabetes SA Durban office. 

The Durban Wellness Festival - proudly supported by SASA and Lilly – will provide plenty of info-tainment on Saturday, November 11. You can learn more about creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself, family and friends via plenty of festivities. 

These include various dance routines as well as a live performance by local singer and songwriter, Holly Wasserfall. A diabetic, Holly was initially incorrectly diagnosed and hospitalized when she was just 8 years old. It was finally discovered that she was a Type 1 Diabetic at about age 11. “I have always said that I won’t let this disease define me but I would never be who I am without my disease. It is a big part of who I am,” she admits. 

Joining Holly on stage will be radio and television personality Lloyd Paul who will keep the festivities going throughout the day.

Event supporters such as SASA will be there to provide general guidelines on healthy eating, as well as Lilly Diabetes who will be bringing along their diabetes educators. Members of the public can learn a lot about health and, exercise – or simply just learn more about what diabetes is.  Other medical related supporters will also be on hand offering free blood sugar and blood pressure checks.

We look forward to welcoming a wide range of people on the day – from those who live with diabetes to those with close friends or family members who have to manage this disease. One of those who will be enthusiastically lining up will be Pinetown resident and a proud father of three, Kevin Bouwer (52)who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 28 years ago. 

Bower has participated in over 8 Midmar Miles and recently he participated in 2 Tinman Runs & Tri-series. He has lost count of the number of MTB & Trail running events he has participated in over the years. He wraps up by saying, “I manage the disease so it fits into my lifestyle and I don’t let it manage me!”

 To improve your health and learn more about minimising the risk of diabetes, join us at the Durban Wellness Festival to participate in either a 5km Run or Walk on Saturday, November 11, at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty.

Registration opens at 10am, with the Festival officially kicking off at 2pm and the 5km walk and run starting at 4pm. The entire event finishes at 6pm with lucky draw spot prizes. 
The 5km Walk or the 5km Run costs just R60 per person with all proceeds going towards Diabetes SA Durban. Please note that this organisation is a self funding organisation and does not receive any government funding.  All proceeds raised go back into the education of this dreaded disease within KZN. The Wellness Expo is free to the public.

For further information about this event, please contact Pat Bonini on 082 499 5222 during office hours or via email at mw.nerve@mweb.co.za.

Words and images Steven Brown S&A Marketing

A proudly Nerve Event

Friday, October 20, 2017

Awesome Wellness Festival for Durban

Lotus DJ Lloyd Paul and singer songwriter Holly Wasserfall will form part of this years entertainment for the Durban Wellness Festival 
supported by SASA and Lilly, Jenny Russel(centre) is the branch manager for Diabetes SA in Durban, Photograph courtesy S&AMarketing 

Diabetes may be the second highest cause of death in South Africa after tuberculosis but people are still in denial. 

As most people only begin to look after their health when they have a scare and are forced to drastically stem their intake of fast food and begin exercising, the Durban Wellness Festival supported by SASA and Lilly has been created to show people that they can make positive, fun changes before it is too late. 

The strong message from Jenny Russell, branch manager for Diabetes SA Durban, a non-profit organisation that provides support and wellness education for both diabetics and communities at large, is that diabetes is both preventable and manageable. 

Get tested at the Durban Wellness Festival so you can manage this silent killer or, better still, learn how to live a healthy life the fun way,” she suggests.  

The Durban Wellness Festival takes place on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It is a true celebration of all things healthy with live music and an expo that not only aims to raise awareness about the scourge of diabetes in South Africa but also to encourage people to look after the one thing that money cannot buy – their health. 

“Join us for either a 5km Run or Walk, a variety of entertaining activities, and a live performance by Durban singer and songwriter, Holly Wasserfall who also happens to be a type 1 diabetic. This is a family affair, so everyone is welcome – even your pet dog. But on a leash, of course,” says Russell. 

Taking place at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty, the Durban Wellness Festival will open for registration at 10am. The Durban Wellness Festival officially kicks off at 2pm with the 5km walk and run starting at 4pm with the entire event finishing at 6pm with lucky draw spot prizes. 

Russell adds that despite the light mood of the day, Diabetes SA will not be pulling any punches when it comes to driving home the reality of the diabetes pandemic.  “Diabetes has become known as the Tsunami of the 21st century, killing more people worldwide than AIDS and cancer combined. Our main objective is to bring diabetes into the spotlight, in the hope that it gains the recognition it deserves, instead of remaining in the shadow of HIV, AIDS and Cancer.” 

To bring the message even closer to home, Russell states that the latest statistics received from a podiatrist doing her Master’s degree are absolutely shocking. “In 2014, 1,288,973 diabetic patients were registered in state health facilities alone in KwaZulu-Natal.  An unacceptable total of 2323 diabetic lower limb amputations were carried out between 2013 and 2014 in KZN. This amounts to six per day!” she points out. 

When you have diabetes, your body is either unable to make enough insulin, or it is unable to correctly use the insulin it does make. As a result, the glucose in your bloodstream cannot move into your cells to be used as energy and thus creates a build-up, resulting in high glucose levels. 

Damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels is irreversibleDiabetes has been linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, lower limb amputations, sexual dysfunction as well as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 
2016 Statistics from the International Diabetes Federation, the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control paint an extremely depressing picture. 

Worldwide, 415 million people were diagnosed as diabetic as opposed to 35 million patients with HIV and 14 million with cancer. Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes. Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes and every 30 seconds, a lower limb is amputated due to diabetes related complications. 

What is most startling, according to Russell is that statistics show that at least 50 percent of those with diabetes are unaware of their condition. “That means that those numbers are, in reality far higher. In some countries this figure may reach 80%. We have between 3 and 3.5 million diagnosed diabetics in South Africa. We also have an estimated 1.5 undiagnosed diabetics and approximately 1.5 to 2 million pre-diabetics in South Africa.” 

Children are also not immune. Worldwide, every year, 70000 children under the age of 15 develop Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in children is becoming a global public health issue with potentially serious outcomes. Thirty percent of children born since the year 2000 are expected to become diabetic if lifestyle changes are not made.

95 percent of all diabetics are type 2 with 90 percent of all complications experienced by type 2 diabetics. “What is so frustrating is that this is preventable if people eat healthy foods and exercise. Hence, it is important to get the message out there and to continually try to educate people to make good lifestyle choices for both themselves and their families,” she concludes. 

Supporters of the 2017 Durban Wellness Festival are SASA who are committed to the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases in South Africa, as well as Lilly Diabetes, who have been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923 when they introduced the world‘s first commercial insulin. Ninety years later, they remain committed to meeting the needs of people with diabetes from medicines to support programs and more.

A major emphasis of Lilly’s work is to understand that people with diabetes should first be seen as individuals. Many of their programs and solutions are designed based on feedback from people who live with the illness every day.

The 5km Walk or the 5km Run costs just R60 per person with all proceeds going towards Diabetes SA Durban. Please note that this organisation is a self funding organisation and does not receive any form of government funding and all proceeds raised go back into the education of this dreaded disease within KZN. The Wellness Expo is free to the public.

#DWF #Durbanwellnessfestival

Words Steven Brown

Event created by Nerve Events on behalf of Diabetes SA

For further information about this event, please contact Pat Bonini on 082 499 5222 during office hours or via email at mw.nerve@mweb.co.za.