District 12-N Lions clubs are working together to raise awareness of diabetes and pre-diabetes with a screening quiz for the public.
A short questionnaire from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is used to assess whether people are likely to have diabetes.
The Oak Ridge Lions Club encourages people in the community to complete the questionnaire. Oak Ridge is part of District 12-N, which covers East Tennessee. District 12-N, in turn, is part of Lions Clubs International’s global effort to help eradicate blindness, diabetes, and cancer in children.
“We encourage members of our community to complete this seven-question survey to determine if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes,” said Bill Truex, president of Oak Ridge Lions, in a press release. “Diabetes is one of the many things that cause blurred vision or blindness. We at Lions clubs are working to prevent this from happening. ”
Diabetes can be very serious and lead to blindness or other physical problems. It is therefore important to know whether you have it or are likely to develop it. People with diabetes have learned a number of tools to help them live successfully.
Individuals who score five or more on the ADA test are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and are encouraged to visit the diabetes prevention program at https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-risk/prevention / lifestyle-change-programs. This course focuses on diet and exercise habits that can reverse the path to diabetes and the many complications that can result from it. For more information about this questionnaire and follow-up, visit diabetes.org/alertday or call 1-800-342-2383.
“District 12-N Lions encourage all members and the public to complete this brief questionnaire,” Truex said in the press release. “Please fill it out, then speak to your family and doctor on the path to good health.”
Truex welcomes members of the community to contact the Oak Ridge Lions Club for more information and to learn about their work and the We Serve motto.
“Lions work to help others in a variety of ways and for different causes,” he said in the press release. “We can use more and more hands and hearts in our work to help people with vision problems, blindness, diabetes and much more.”
The Oak Ridge Lions Club currently meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month through Zoom meetings. For more information, contact the club at (865) 297-3251.