Members of the Lord Baltimore Lions Club in Ocean View joined with thousands of Lions from clubs locally and around the world to support World Diabetes Day Nov. 14.
Promoting diabetes awareness among all citizens is an important service performed by Lions Club members. In addition to supporting the causes of vision, the environment, combating hunger and childhood cancer, spreading information about the impact of diabetes remains the fifth focus of service for Lions.
Recent updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association confirm that 34.2 million Americans have diabetes, and new cases number 1.5 million a year.
Lion John Monahan, club communication chair and second vice president, reports that many Lions clubs serving within Multiple District 22D including Delaware, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C., hope to plan some virtual events and safely organized onsite programs to inform citizens about how people can control the rise in type 2 diabetes cases.
Monahan said, “Numbers continue to rise at a startling rate, and what is very concerning is the lack of information about the prediabetes condition where a person’s blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.”
The CDC report said approximately 88 million adults have prediabetes, and about 84 percent of those people do not know they have the condition.
The Lord Baltimore Lions program for World Diabetes Day included an information display at G & E Hocker’s Supermarket in Bethany Beach. Information available for the public included books and pamphlets on diabetes issues and a wide assortment of materials on healthy eating, exercise, safe food choices, ways to live with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and dealing with prediabetes. In all, 96 people stopped by to choose materials that were supplied by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, the American Diabetes Association, and the CDC. Lions volunteers working this project included Pat Monahan, Victoria Hammond, PDG Karl Gude and John Monahan.
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