Golf tourney raises diabetes awareness

Roland Thomas takes a practice swing during the National Diabetes Initiative Golf Tournament held at Winston Lake Golf Course on Saturday, June 3. The event was hosted by Sethos Temple #170 and Russell Funeral Home.

Golf tourney raises diabetes awareness
June 09
05:20 2016



Photo by Tevin Stinson

Last Saturday Sethos Temple #170 held a golf tournament to bring awareness to an illness that has plagued the African-American community for generations: diabetes.

The National Diabetes Initiative tournament was held at Winston Lake Golf Course and was co-sponsored by Russell Funeral Home. Before contestants teed off, member of the Sethos Temple Cassius Smith said after losing loved ones to diabetes, he began to exercise and eat healthier foods.

“We have to do a better job of taking care of ourselves,” said Smith. “That’s what this tournament is all about. Making sure the people are aware.”

Often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, the illness describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar) either because insulin production is inadequate or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems such as damage to your eyes, kidneys and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke, and even amputation limb.

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