Lions roar on World Diabetes Day

SWAKOPMUND

19 November 2018 | Health

The Lions Club commemorated international diabetes day by providing diabetes education and screening services for senior citizens living at old age homes at the coast.

Diabetes is one of the key focus areas of the Lions Club and this service was provided free of charge on 14 November.

According to the Lions diabetes is a global epidemic, affecting an increasing number of people all over the world.

Two nurses volunteered their expertise for testing at Welwitschia I and II old age homes while other homes used their own nurses for the exercise.

A local pharmacy provided five testing machines to the Lions Club for the testing which was conducted between 9:00 and 11:00.

Diabetes can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. In most high-income countries, diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. It is expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045.

World Diabetes Day was launched in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the rapid rise of diabetes around the world.

The day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is held on 14 November each year.

While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who along with Charles Best and John James Rickard Macleod first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

Led by the IDF, each World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme related to diabetes. Topics covered have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, and diabetes in children and adolescents.

Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable and treatable non-communicable disease that is rapidly increasing in numbers worldwide. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable but can be managed with insulin injections.

A local philanthropist and the founder of the Walvis Bay Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) fair for girls, Anastacia de Klerk, hosted two fundraisers in aid of children suffering from diabetes.

The first was a civvies day where learners from various schools dressed in denim to support those suffering from diabetes. The children made a contribution of N$5 and the adults N$10. The second was the selling of flowers to various businesses and schools on Friday. De Klerk who was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic in 2016, said she started the initiative to help raise funds for learners who cannot afford medical aid.

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