Know Your Risk
Lions Clubs around the world met our International President's challenge on World Diabetes Day on the 14th November 2019; together, we helped screen more than one million people for type 2 diabetes.
Fleet Lions next Diabetes Awareness Day is on Saturday 1st February 2020 between 10am and 3:30pm at the Hart Shopping Centre. No blood tests involved. No appointment needed.
Are you any one of the following?
- Over 40?
- A bit tubby?
- African-Caribbean, Black African, Chinese or South Asian?
- Has there been diabetes in your family?
If so then you’re more likely to develop diabetes.
Nearly 100 of you came and saw us in what was Giardino’s coffee shop at the Hart Shopping Centre on Saturday 9 February 2019 and did some detailed checks. It did not involve testing bloods.
Why is diabetes assessment important? You will have seen in press reports that diabetes is now reaching epidemic proportions. 3.7 Million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes. There are 12.3 million at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is expected to affect 629 million adults worldwide by 2045. Diabetes has been identified one of the five Lions Clubs International Pillars (causes) that 1.4m Lions around the world will try to help.
Have you been screened for Diabetes? Are you at risk?
Are you aware of the serious side-effects this disease has when not controlled? These include glaucoma, kidney failure, heart problems, possible gangrene with the loss of lower limbs.
Diabetes can be controlled but detection is required
Everyone is at risk but the largest proportion of those found with diabetes are over 40. They are overweight and have little or no exercise regime. There are symptoms which are recognisable by the patient - sudden loss of weight, excessive thirst and the subsequent use of the loo, tiredness and blurred vision, to name but a few.
How are diabetics found?
There are many places to have a simple blood test, your doctor or practice nurse, some high street pharmacies including Lloyds Pharmacy.
Help us help you
Diabetes Awareness is a major Lions Clubs project and we are working with both Lloyds Pharmacy and Diabetes UK, both have many and varied leaflets and handouts giving details of who is at risk, how to deal with diabetes without letting it disrupting your life, diet, travel and driving.
Between the three of us, Lions Clubs, Lloyds Pharmacy and Diabetes UK, we can work together to find possible diabetics and guide them in the right direction to be treated and avoid those side effects above.
Diabetic eye disease
Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of their condition. All can cause severe visual loss or even blindness.
Diabetic eye disease may include:
- Diabetic Retinopathy - damage to the blood vessels in the retina
- Cataract - clouding of the eye's lens
- Glaucoma - increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision.