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Fergus Lions Club to hold Diabetes Awareness Day on Nov. 17

Diabetes awareness - Lions Rosa Small and Joe Brooks volunteered at the booth at the Royal Bank in Fergus during the during the 2017 Diabetes Awareness Day. The Fergus Lions will once again be holding an awareness day on Nov. 17 at Zehrs, FreshCo, the New to You Shop and the Royal Bank. Submitted photo

Fergus Lions Club to hold Diabetes Awareness Day on Nov. 17

by Jaime Myslik

FERGUS - Lions Club International has decided to take on diabetes as one of its causes.

“We’re trying to establish a program similar to what we did with sight, where we can get actively involved with the diabetes program world-wide,” said Brian Martin, a Fergus Lion and Diabetes Canada volunteer.  

“Don’t forget, there’s over two million Lions around the world; we’re in almost every country.

“So this is not just a North America campaign, it’s a worldwide campaign.”

He said the goal is to get all those clubs involved in setting up programs to educate people about diabetes.

“Most importantly, with the education, is to get them to go and get checked out (by their family doctor),” he said.

In Fergus, the campaign includes the annual bridge lighting on Nov. 14. At 6pm the pedestrian bridge behind the Fergus library will shine blue in honour of World Diabetes Day.

The lights will remain on throughout November to recognize Diabetes Awareness Month.

“When you see the lights, think a little bit because the whole thing is ... diabetes awareness,” Martin said. “Become aware.”

One way to do that is to take a simple test at to assess one’s Type 2 diabetes risk.

The Fergus Lions will also be holding a Diabetes Awareness Day on Nov. 17, going to Diabetes Canada for research.

“We’re just having ... one day to educate people, encourage people to eat healthier, get out and get some exercise,” Martin said.

“We’re encouraging people to see their medical practitioner and get their blood tested.”  Representatives will be in Fergus at Zehrs, FreshCo, the New to You Shop and the Royal Bank.

Registered dietitian Katherine Adamski from Loblaws and certified diabetic educator Holly Stokman from the Upper Grand Family Health Team will join Martin at Zehrs.

They will offer diabetes awareness covering diet, medicine and an information fact sheet.

FreshCo will be running a campaign the week leading up to Nov. 17 to raise money for Diabetes Canada. Also, a pharmacist from Grand River Pharmacy will join the Lions at FreshCo on Nov. 17.

Diabetes facts

One Canadian is diagnosed with diabetes every three minutes, according to Diabetes Canada. About 1.5 million Canadians have Type 2 diabetes and don’t know it.

About 28% per cent of the Canadian population (11 million people) currently have diabetes or prediabetes and Diabetes Canada says by 2027 that number will rise to 32% or 14 million people.

The risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include:

- at least 40 years of age;

- family history;

- Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic or African decent;

- neighbourhoods not designed for walking;

- poor diet;

- lack of physical activity; and

- smoking.

Signs that someone may have diabetes include:

- significantly increased thirst;

- frequent urination;

- weight gain or loss;

- extreme fatigue or lack of energy; and

- blurred vision.

November 9, 2018


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