Lions District 201Q3

Queensland Australia

Diabetes Awareness

District Chair: Glendell Appleford      email

We’re helping educate the world on the need for diabetes research, programs and initiatives.

Our goal is to reduce these statistics in the coming years through service, investment, and kindness.

 

422 million+ people are currently living with diabetes   

projected to be 552 million by 2030

5 million deaths each year are a result of Diabetes  8 th leading cause of death

1 in 3 low income regions say they have the technology to diagnose and manage diabetes

We know that diabetes:

  • is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults

  • is a leading cause of kidney failure and dialysis

  • increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to four times

  • is a major cause of limb amputations

  • affects mental health as well as physical health. Depression, anxiety and distress occur in more than 30% of all people with diabetes

Diabetes is easily preventable   talk with your Doctor about your health and having regular blood tests

 

Diabetes and Sight Loss

People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetic retinopathy. It's the leading cause of vision loss in adults of working age (20 to 65 years) in industrialized countries.

74% of people who have diabetes for 10 years or more will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy.

All people with diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2 are at risk. That's why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

Lions and Diabetes Awareness

With these statistics and concerns in mind, Lions can get involved with the Diabetes Awareness and Action Program. Our work supports diabetes awareness, education, control, prevention and research.

Australian program

Lap the Map - in November, we are calling for Australians to ‘Lap the Map’ for diabetes prevention.

Lions Clubs across the country will be hosting family friendly walks and community events to promote healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the Diabetes epidemic in Australia. Check with your local Lions club