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Name: Keith Hedges
MD title: MD Lions Diabetes Officer
Email: keith@khedges.co.uk

Key information

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

According to the NHS website the two main types of diabetes are:

  • type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  • type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes. To plan an event for expectant mothers, download the Project Planner

Lions Diabetes Video presentation

A Lions Diabetes video presentation is available to view and download in four separate sections – click here to watch: Lions Diabetes video 

The video takes you through the following:

  • an introduction and the risks of diabetes
  • what is it like to live with the condition?
  • how to check online so you ‘Know your risk’ and to go about setting up and running a diabetes support group?
  • raise awareness within your community by organising an event and how to access diabetes grants from the Lions Clubs International Foundation

World Diabetes day is 14 November 2024

How can your lions club get involved? Please download the Diabetes Project Ideas sheet to help.

Project Ideas - Diabetes 2024

Know your risk – take the test

The Lions diabetes programme is encouraging everyone to check their own risk of type 2 diabetes.  It only takes a few minutes, click here to begin Know your risk 

Know your risk – has been developed by Diabetes UK, the University of Leicester, and the University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust.

A poster has been produced and is available below to support the ‘Know your risk’ initiative.  There is a QR code on the poster and a web address to support your club and community members. Copies of the poster are available from Lions National Headquarters on 0121 441 4544.

Know Your Risk - take the test

Community events

The community event poster has two fillable boxes – one to place your event details in and a second box for the details of your own club.  Copies of this poster are available from Lions National Headquarters on 0121 441 4544. 

Click to download a Community Events Project Planner – here

Or download more Diabetes Events Project Planners – here

Diabetes Community Events Poster

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