Lions leader speaks of diabetes push by organization

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Members provide informational outreach at Walmart

Sarah Stout, Missouri Lions Club past district governor, paid the Monett Lions Club a visit recently to update members on Lions International's latest news concerning the organization's committed work with diabetes awareness.

Lions Club International adopted diabetes as a long-term commitment. Lions' work supports education, treatment, research, and early detection.

The World Health Organization estimates that over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a growing epidemic that is expected to affect over 642 million people by 2040.

People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetes eye disease. It is the leading cause of new-onset blindness in many countries. Everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

Diabetes can lead to other possible complications including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, leg amputation, and nerve damage. In pregnancy, poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk of fatal death and other complications.

Local Lions planned to participation in the Diabetes Awareness booth on Sept. 23 at the Monett Walmart.

Monett Lions provided information about diabetes prevention and identification of indicators of the disease at their booth.