Welcome to the Lions of Virginia District 24D 

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Diabetes Awareness 

Raising Awareness, Preserving Sight

   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.

    Here in District 24D

       The Lions of District 24D conduct a variety of activities to comabt diabetes and raise public awareness of the disease. Clubs conduct blood sugar screenings, either in conjunction with sight & hearing screenings on the Sight & Hearing van or independently, and the district distributes blood sugar screening supplies via local clinics. The District also sponsors an annual Diabetes Camp as an educational and support venue for diabetic children and their families - see the Diabetes Camp page on the left or click here.

    District 24D Diabetes Contacts

    Diabetes Awareness Chairperson

        Lion Gerry Hickey
        757-499-7981
               
    diabetes@district24d.com

        
    Diabetes Camp Chairperson
        

         Lion Deborah Edwards
         757-436-1241
             diabetescamp@district24d.com
        
       


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