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Taking diabetes testing to new heights


ROCKY ROAD Pilgrims climbing Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, the annual pilgrimage day.  Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Westport Lions Club to host diabetes-screening awareness event on Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday

Diabetes is a global epidemic and it’s on the rise. It is estimated that at least 30,000 people in Ireland are walking around with diabetes but are completely unaware that they have the condition it.
Reducing the prevalence of diabetes and improving quality of life for those diagnosed is one of the International Lions Club’s objectives. However, the traditional way of testing using a ‘pin prick’ has just been stopped, for medical-insurance reasons. Now, Des Ryan and Selina Gill from Westport Lions Club are playing an important role helping Lions Club International to reshape its Diabetes Screening Programme
As part of their efforts, Westport Lions Club will be hosting a diabetes screening awareness event at Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, which takes place this Sunday, July 28. The good news is that Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented in high-risk individuals by lifestyle intervention.
This Sunday, pilgrims on the Reek will be offered a free consultation and assessment with a qualified nurse, with the aim of determining whether they are high-risk. They will be provided with advice and referred to their doctor for a follow up if it is deemed necessary. The assessment has been developed by Diabetes Ireland, HSE and Croí.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition caused by a lack or insufficiency of insulin. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas, and it plays a vital role in breaking down sugar in the body. Diabetes is therefore characterised by high levels of sugar in the bloodstream. These high sugar levels in the bloodstream can result in heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, nerve damage and blindness, all of which can greatly affect the quality of a person’s life.
All those visiting Croagh Patrick for Reek Sunday are encouraged to call by the Westport Lions Club stall while they are there. Two minutes of your time could save your life.

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