Otago Southland Diabetes Research Trust

The Otago Southland Diabetes Research Trust is once again marking World Diabetes Day on Tuesday 14 November 2017. The international theme for this day is 'Women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future'. One in 10 women have diabetes - lets make sure our women are well and healthy despite having this condition. For more information on this check out the International Diabetes Federation website.

There are many more people who are pre-diabetic. For these people early identification and management may mean the disease never develops. And isn't that a great goal! So come along and find out if you're one of these people.

To reach out to as many people as possible we're taking one of our events to the PAK'nSAVE supermarket in South Dunedin. Other events will be a Diabetes Forum in the Mayfair Theatre, South Dunedin and we'll also shine a blue light on many of the classic buildings in Dunedin.

We'll be at the PAK'nSAVE supermarket in South Dunedin from 10 - 3.30pm to test your blood sugar level. High sugar levels are a possible indicator of diabetes and warrant a check with your GP. Early identification and treatment is one of the best ways to manage diabetes so come along and see what your level is. You can also learn more about diabetes and pick up some useful information. Diabetes Otago will be on site with lots of good advice and a range of their products and equipment.

Then go around the corner to the Mayfair Theatre (100 King Edward St) and hear several speakers talk about recent research into diabetes, studies into making healthy bread, and watch an exercise demonstration by the local Pacific Trust. There will be lots of interesting facts and learning to be had here. 12 noon - 1.30pm. No charge.

And if you're wondering why Dunedin has turned blue over the week around World Diabetes Day, the reason is that many major buildings around the world are lit up blue to mark World Diabetes Day and we think it's a grand way to put diabetes out there and raise diabetes awareness.

We welcome your involvement in World Diabetes Day 2017. Please join us for any or all of our events.