Diabetes is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness.  Lions Clubs International has named Diabetes as one of its core initiatives.  The District Governor of 12N is offering an incentive award to those clubs who have the greatest membership participation in taking the ADA Diabetes risk assessment test as well as participating in the Display Board Contest for Diabetes Awareness (see various links below):

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. There are several types of diabetes:

  • Prediabetes – A condition in which blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes
  • Type 1 Diabetes – A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin
  • Type 2 Diabetes – A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose)
  • Gestational Diabetes – A form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women.

More information and brochures, flyers etc. can be found on the Lions Clubs International website at https://www.lionsclubs.org.