You are invited to visit Lions Clubs pavilion at the National Ploughing Championships where Lions plan to offer diabetes consultations to 8,000 visitors.
You will find us at: Row 30, Stand 647.
8,000 to receive Diabetes Consultation
Up to 8,000 visitors to the 2019 National Ploughing Championship will receive a detailed assessment of their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in a major project undertaken by Lions Clubs in Ireland.
Lions Clubs will have a Pavilion at the Championships
(Row 30, Stand 647) staffed by a team of nurses and Lions, where visitors can receive a free detailed assessment of their Type 2 diabetes risk based on lifestyle and other factors. Those shown to be at risk will be given a blood sugar test and may be referred to their GP for further investigation.
Lions Clubs have been in discussion with Diabetes Ireland to further advance work on Type 2 diabetes education and prevention and will introduce the consultation process at the National Ploughing Championship following a successful pilot testing at Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday when 900 pilgrims participated.
At the National Ploughing Championship to be held a Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th September, volunteers for assessment will be interviewed by a team of twelve nurses who will help them complete a Diabetes Ireland Assessment Form. Depending on the score accumulated in completing the questionnaire, participants may be referred for a blood sugar level test which will be undertaken by one of four specially-trained nurses who are accredited by Diabetes Ireland.
Says Lions Clubs Diabetes and Vision chairman John O’Donovan :
‘Research conducted internationally and in Ireland indicates that farmers are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes due to diet and a more sedentary lifestyle. This research was further endorsed by the results of the Croagh Patrick pilot project which showed that 11% fell in to the high risk category and were advised to see their GP for a HbA1c test; 37% were at ‘moderate risk’ and 52% were ‘low risk’ .
At a screening conducted by Lions Clubs at the 2018 Ploughing Championships, 8.8% of those screened, mainly farmers, were identified as potentially diabetic and were referred to their GPs for further examination.
According to John O’Donovn, the incidence of Type 2 diabetes is accelerating rapidly in rural Ireland due to diet and lifestyle changes and many people who are vulnerable to the disease remain oblivious of the risk that they are running. ‘Medical experts estimate that up to 200,000 people with Type 2 diabetes in Ireland are unaware of their condition’, says John. ‘It is estimated that there are 200,000 people with Type 2 diabetes and a similar number who have Type 2 diabetes but are unaware that they have the condition. The majority of these people will only be diagnosed through an acute medical event because they do not have a regular blood test. A further 250,000 people have impaired glucose tolerance or "pre-diabetes" of which 50% will develop Type 2 diabetes in the next five years if lifestyle changes are not made.’
A study published in the USA last year revealed that farmers were second only to transport workers in being advised by a doctor that they had Type 2diabetes.
Age was also a factor with many of the participating farmers aged 55 and upwards.
The 2,500 Lions in 106 Lions Clubs throughout Ireland, work to raise awareness of diabetes and organise frequent Diabetes Days all over the country. They have been offering this service at the National and World Ploughing Championships for many years.
The service at the 2019 National Ploughing Championships is organised by 14 Lions Clubs from Birr, Carlow, Carrick on Suir, Kilcullen, Kilkenny, Monasterevin, Naas, Newbridge/Kildare, Portarlington., Portlaoise, Thurles and Tullamore. Waterford and Wexford
Media are invited to visit the Lions Stand where a special area will be set aside for photo opportunities with visiting dignitaries and well-known personalities.
Further information from:
John O’Donovan, Lions Diabetes Awareness Officer.
Frank Corr, Lions Clubs District PRO-