Lions District 201Q3

Queensland Australia

Diabetes Awareness

District Chair    Bernadette Craig      email

Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system

* 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes
*  Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated)  source
* More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
* For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day
* Total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia estimated at $14.6 billion source

Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Australia. source

There are more than 4,400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes. Annually, more than 1,700 people with diabetes die as a direct result of foot ulcers and lower limb wounds. source

People with diabetes are between two and four times more likely to develop heart disease. source

Close to 320,000 hospitalisations for cardiovascular and/or kidney disease with diabetes per year. source

Good news  - type 2 diabetes may be delayed, and in some cases even prevented, by adopting a healthy lifestyle. And if you have diabetes, you can live a long an healthy life with the right management strategies.


Diabetes and Sight Loss

People living with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetes related complications and our work aims to reduce these risks.

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in adults of working age (20 to 65 years) in industrialized countries.

The Lions Eye Health Program addresses one of these diabetes related complications, diabetic retinopathy.

Lions are helping educate the world on the need for diabetes research, programs and health initiatives.  Our goal is to reduce these statistics in the coming years through service, investment, and kindness.

Lions Eye Health Program      vision programs

occurs when the pancreas can’t produce insulin. This happens usually because the body’s immune system destroys the cells that make the insulin (beta cells). Type 1 diabetes an auto-immune condition and not related to lifestyle behaviours

CONTACTS                FACT SHEET  1   2                  VIDEO 

symptom include

blurred vision constanly/excessively thirsty   constantly hungry            
cuts heal slowly feeling dizzy feeling tired & lethargic
headaches  itching,skin infections leg cramps
mood swings pain or tingling in hands or feet passing more urine

DKA -  type one  auto immune disease  in children thought to be as high as 1 in 23  -   aged between 4 -16 years   

Campaign  -      Diabetes     Know the four signs    &    Ask

DKA is a 'preventable' complication of type 1 and can occur easily in children at diagnosis if the 
signs of high blood glucose aren't recognised

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symptoms include  -   top 4  are listed first

1    Thirst 2   Tired


3    Toilet (frequently) 4    Thinner ( loosing weight rapidly)  
abdominal pain confusion                       difficulty breathing 
dry skin fatigue flushing of the skin
fruity odor to the breath- caused by ketones nausea vomiting  

good idea to also have child's eyesight tested   

Resources  - Lions Hearing Dogs can be trained as Diabetic Alert Dogs to alert their owner if they are experiencing a hypoglycaemic event.

Australian Lions Hearing Dogs     (08) 8388 7836

occurs when the body resists the effects of insulin and cannot make enough insulin to maintain blood glucose levels within the target range. This leads to high blood glucose levels

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symptoms - same as Type one -  people may have diabetes and not notice the symptoms until their blood glucose is over 15mmol/L or they may just disregard the symptoms as part of getting older
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Some risk factors          aged over 40 years         family history of type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes 

above the healthy weight range      polycystic ovarian syndrome    woman given birth to a child over 4.5 kgs 

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

 If you have any of these, please consider having an assessment with a health care professional asap. 

Please also consider having a thorough health assessment at least once a year.


Lions and Diabetes Awareness

Lions are involved with the Diabetes Awareness and Action Programs.

Our work supports diabetes awareness, education, control, prevention and research.

Lions Medical Research Foundation  - gestational Diabetes  Dr Olivia Holland

Lions Australia Diabetes Foundation

Australian programs

Lap the Map (LTM) - on Saturday morning 14th November 2020 - how to get involved

We are calling for Australians to join us and ‘Lap the Map’ for diabetes prevention

Lions Clubs across the country will be hosting family friendly walks and community events. We are promoting healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the Diabetes epidemic in Australia. Check with your local Lions club  or look for locations using the Google mapping 

LTM facebook

Club Participation form

forward by 31 October  to   PCC (GST Chair)  Rodd Chignell

LTM Manual   Resources Q 3 list
monthly distances  Lions walked for Diabetes awareness in our district kilometres  total
July -
September 22,759 59,898



Video - how are you going to fight Diabetes                Bernadette Craig's Diabetes message Aug 2020

Lions empowering service -diabetes       

Lions make mark on world diabetes day

Images    for more images contact Peter Wilkes 


Sample media release           Resources list               Exercise tips



Lions Global cause -diabetes                            

MD 201 Strategy Document for Diabetes 2019 - 2021

Lions- diabetes project ideas                           



Diabetes Qld

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

National Diabetes Services Scheme

#LionsLapTheMap     #LionsDiabetesAwareness 


Q 3  Lions Global Causes - Diabetes Chair 

Bernadette Craig