November 3, 2009 --
The Fond du Lac Evening
Lions Club along with the Wisconsin Lions Foundation is participating in
Diabetes Awareness Month during the month of November. The program
exists of getting individuals to take the Diabetes Risk Test which is
located on the club’s website.
The Lions’ goal is to
educate and encourage those at risk to consult with their health care
provider to determine for sure that they may have diabetes. Diabetes is
an epidemic in the United States and in Fond du Lac. Numbers of people
afflicted with this chronic disease increase dramatically each year.
About 95% of the people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, the severe
consequences of which may be delayed or prevented through increased
awareness and understanding which results in lifestyle changes.
Questions on the survey
include: do you have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes? If you
are a woman, have you had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?
If you are under 65 years of age, do you get little or no exercise? And
of course, are you overweight?
You can take this survey
on the Fond du Lac Evening Lions’ website at fonddulaclions.org and also
on the Wisconsin Lions Foundation website – wlf.info under Projects -
Community Diabetes Education Project – Risk Test.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month - Take
the Risk Test