The World Health Organization estimates that 246 million people worldwide have diabetes, a global epidemic that is expected to affect 380 million by 2025.
Diabetes and Sight Loss
People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetic retinopathy. Approximately two percent of all people who have had diabetes for 15 years become blind, while about 10 percent develop a severe visual impairment. There are risk factors around diabetes and eyesight. For instance, evidence indicates high blood pressure and smoking may worsen diabetic eye disease.
Lions and Diabetes Awareness
With these statistics and concerns in mind, Lions adopted diabetes awareness as a long-term commitment. Our work supports diabetes education, treatment, research and early detection. A screening test can detect diabetes. Lions clubs often arrange for free diabetes screenings in their communities.
For more information about how you can get involved, please contact MD 21-A Chair, Lion Jack Schabow