Tuesday, March 25, was American Diabetes Association Alert Day ®, a one day “wake up call” asking Americans all across the country to take the Diabetes Risk Test.
One of our biggest initiatives at Lions Pride is to support the Wisconsin Lions Foundation in diabetes awareness and education.
Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness in people ages 20-74. The disease is also a leading factor in higher risks of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney problems, nerve damage and amputations. Those are some serious problems that we want to be made known state-wide.
A study completed in 2008 found some very scary statistics here in our state of Wisconsin:
- The prevalence of diabetes in adults has increased by 27 percent from 329,460 cases to 419,870 cases.
- The percentage of adults with diabetes has increased from 7.8 percent to 9.6 percent.
- Over 1 million people over the age of 20 are estimated to have pre-diabetes.
- An estimated 6,000 children and adolescents have been diagnosed with diabetes.
The Wisconsin Lions Foundation works to support local club organizations and community diabetes awareness leadership building with planning and communication programs. The WLF provides press releases for community newspaper public service announcements, handout brochures and many more materials. The Wisconsin Lions have a unique position to help serve because they reach close to 600 communities.
Just because the Alert Day is over doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still take the risk test; in fact, there is even more initiative if you complete it over the next month.
To request more information, please contact us. We would be happy to send you additional materials which have been made available by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation.