Diabetes Awareness:                                      

Have you been screened for Diabetes? Are you at risk? Are you aware of the serious side effects this disease has when not controlled?

Consider glaucoma, kidney failure, heart problems. possible gangrene with the loss of lower limbs. Diabetes can be controlled but detection is required.

Everyone is at risk but the largest proportion of those found with diabetes are over 40, are over weight and have little or no exercise regime.

There are symptoms which are recognisable by the patient - sudden loss of weight, excessive thirst and the subsequent use of the loo, tiredness and blurred vision, to name but a few.

 

How are diabetics found?

There are many places to have a simple blood test, your doctor or practice nurse and some high street pharmacies. Diabetes Awareness is a major Lions Clubs project. The Lions Club of Reading has an arrangement with our local Manichem Pharmacy and for the last two years a team of Manichem Pharmacists attend our Family Fun Day held in June at Prospect Park, Reading and offer diabetes tests to members of the public. This great work enables our Lions Club to continue the necessary service within our community.

Lions are working with local Pharmacists and Diabetes UK, both have many and varied leaflets and handouts giving details of who is at risk, how to deal with diabetes without letting it disrupting your life, Diet, travel and driving. Between the three organisations, Lions Clubs, local Pharmacists and Diabetes UK, we can work together to find possible diabetics and guide them in the right direction to be treated and avoid the side effects mentioned above.

 

 

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