Diabetes Awareness


Diabetes is a global epidemic, affecting an increasing number of men, women, and children all over the world. As Lions and Leos, we see and feel the effects of diabetes in our communities and are doing something about it together.

Diabetes Facts

Diabetes can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. In most high-income countries, diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. It is expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045.

Diabetes Projects in 24-L

In March 1984, the Diabetes Awareness Program became a major commitment of the association. The main objective of the program is to reduce the number of new cases of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy through education, detection and research. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of new cases of adult blindness. There is an emerging global epidemic of diabetes that can be traced back to rapid increases in obesity and physical inactivity. Diabetes is a "silent killer." Every 10 seconds a person dies of a diabetes-related cause. More than 285 million people worldwide live with diabetes. Chairperson duties include:  Become familiar with the Information for Chairpersons section on the association’s Web site.  Encourage organization of Club-level or a District-level Strides: Lions Walk for Diabetes Awareness to help educate the public about diabetes and receive the Strides banner patch award.  Utilize current resources from official diabetes associations to become knowledgeable about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.  Visit clubs. Encourage them to appoint a Club Diabetes Awareness Chairperson.  Promote club awareness of the opportunity to earn the annual "New Horizons: In Diabetes Education" award.  Partner with local diabetes associations and health care professionals.  Lead in planning and facilitating diabetes awareness presentations for forums, Zone meetings, District and Multiple District Conferences.  Stress to clubs the importance of helping educate the public about diabetic retinopathy and action steps needed to reduce the new cases of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy.  Encourage clubs to carry out joint diabetes screening projects with other health care organizations, as well as combining a test for diabetic retinopathy with glaucoma testing whenever such activity is undertaken.  Encourage clubs to participate in the following diabetes-related events: Diabetes Awareness Month (November), World Diabetes Day (November 14) and World Sight Day (second Thursday in October).  Keep the District Governor and the International Office informed of District activities. Provide a summary report to successor.  Develop a secession/mentoring plan to ensure a smooth transition at the end of the office term to the incoming Chairperson