Diabetes Awareness

Lions and Diabetes

Why should your club be involved in Diabetes Awareness? 

The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 371 million people worldwide have diabetes, a global epidemic that is expected to affect 552 million by 2030. Lions Clubs International has made Diabetes Awareness a core project because people with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetic retinopathy. It is 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.

How can my club help?

  1. Hold a Diabetes Awareness and Screening event.  Contact your local hospital/clinic and see if they have a Diabetes Program and coordinate with them.
  2. Have a Diabetes Speaker at your meeting.
  3. Hold a diabetes fundraising event.  Consider a Strides Walk or other evert to raise money for diabetes awareness.  Money can be donated to the Montana American Diabetes Association.
  4. Make a donation to a diabetes awareness group.  In Montana, the American Diabetes Association is a good option.  Be sure and designate your donation specifically to a Montana project such as Camp Montana, a diabetes camp for kids.
  5. Sign up a team and fundraise for the Montana ADA Tour de Cure held annually in September near Bozeman.

Diabetes Camp banner with images of kids.November is national diabetes awareness month in the U.S.  November 14 is World Diabetes Day.   Having a awareness event or speaker at your meeting to coincide with these dates would be a great idea to get started.

Links/contacts:

Lions District 37 contact: Mike Collins – 2015-16 Lions Diabetes Chair, 143 River Place, Kalispell, MT, 59901. Phone 406-871-4176. Email: mikeacollins@bresnan.net

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