In Ireland, 200,000 people have been diagnosed as having Diabetes.
A further 200,000 people are likely to have Diabetes but have not been diagnosed. In addition an estimated 250,000 Irish people have impaired glucose tolerance or  ‘Pre-Diabetes’ Of these 50% or 125,000 WILL develop diabetes in the next five years unless they change their lifestyle. A simple blood test can indicate if YOU are at risk of contracting Diabetes.

Each year the Lions of 105i carry out Diabetes Screening at the National Ploughing Championships and last year we screened 7,200 people of which more than 600 were referred for further testing. Twelve clubs were involved over the three days on this project.

Westport LC screened 500 people on Reek Sunday at the foot of Croak Patrick.

Other clubs such as Carrick on Suir, Bantry, Ballina to name but a few have availed of opportunities at shows or fates or shopping centers to carry out screenings.

We will in 2017 be celebrating our centenary, yes 100 years since Melvin Jones founded our organization in 1917. As part of that celebration I would like to compile the storey of Diabetes Screening by the Lions of 105i in Ireland. To do this I will need your help as follows,

If your club has carried out Diabetes Screening in 2014 (that is the calendar year from the 1st Jan to 31st Dec) please forward the following information to me at my email address below;

  1. Number of people screened----
  2. Number of people referred for further consultation---
  3. Location of screening-------
  4. Numbers of Lions and Nurses involved------
  5. Any further information is most welcome.

Online form

On the other hand, if your club has never carried out a screening please contact me and I will talk you through the operation regarding nurses, targets, equipment, consent forms, insurance and I can supply you with useful documentation.

It is important that I get a response from every club in the district, positive or negative, so that I can get a complete picture.

Thanks for your help.

John O’Donovan,
Diabetes Awareness.
087 288 6310
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Together we can beat then silent assassin

Ireland is experiencing a Diabetes Epidemic!

It is estimated that 1 in every 500 Irish children have type 1 diabetes.

There are approximately 250,000 Irish people with type 2 diabetes and as many as 100,000 who have yet to be diagnosed

By 2013, it is estimated that there will be a 37% increase in diagnosed cases of diabetes

An estimated 250,000 people have pre-diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance of which 40% will develop diabetes by 2015 – if lifestyle changes are not made


These are some of the frightening fact relating to Diabetes in Ireland today.  The majority of people are only diagnosed through an acute medical event of the complications of long-term untreated hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar). 

Diabetes can be detected by a simple pin prick blood test and confirmed by a blood test in the GP surgery.  This is where the Lions Diabetes Awareness programme comes to the fore by organising a simple diabetes screening event in their locality.

This event can be on any scale, in any venue and at any time that suits the individual club to organise.

The Individual Lions club need to organise the following:

  • Venue;         e.g. Supermarket, pharmacy, church hall or anywhere with a passing trade
  • Nurses;        This can prove problematic as the nurses require their own Professional

Indemnity insurance.  The event will be covered by the Lions insurance but the nurses are not covered.  Nurses who are members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have professional Indemnity cover.  Also some nurses may be covered by their place of employment.

  • Kits ;               Local Pharmacies may sponsor these, if not they should sell them to the club at


  • Forms;          A form has to be filled in and signed by the person having the test to give

permission for the test to be done.

On the day , depending on the venue and the numbers expected, the club will need to set up a rota of club members to let people know about the screening and to fill in the forms etc.

Diabetes.    Know the symptoms

  • Extreme thirst
  • Loss of energy
  • Frequent passing of urine
  • Blurred vision
  • Recurrent infection
  • Extreme tiredness


High risk groups for type 2 diabetes

  • People who are more likely to get type 2 diabetes are those who;
  • Have a history of diabetes in their family
  • Are overweight
  • Are older
  • Take little or no physical exercise
  • Have given birth to a large baby or had diabetes while pregnant

We can prevent Type 2 diabetes!

We know what we have to do!

Take more exercise – 30 minutes four times a week is the least we should do


Eat a healthy diet





Clubs considering organising a STRIDES - Lions Walk for Diabetes Awareness Event will find the following helpful;-

Materials Order Form.pdf

Banner Patch Criteria.pdf

Banner Patch Application.pdf

Sample Waiver and Registration Form.pdf

Sample Local Government Proclamation.pdf

Sample Public Service Announcement.pdf

Top 10 tips for organising a strides walk.pdf

Sample Press Release.pdf

Suggested Event Day Timeline.pdf

Activity Guide.pdf



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