Diabetes is a serious and, unfortunately, common disease that affects many people regardless of whether they are rich or poor, young or old, or educated or not.
It is a sneaky disease; it has no symptoms until it has taken a firm hold of the individual.
It's a progressive disease. There is no cure. It gets worse over time. Fortunately, there are ways to control it as long as the individual is aware of it and gets medical help.
One of the problems with diabetes is that it causes other medical problems if not controlled such as eye disease, kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, anemia, and nerve damage to name the most common.
One of the ways to diagnose diabetes is by doing a blood test - checking a single drop of blood to determine the glucose level in it. Too high a glucose reading means the person may already have diabetes or is likely to contract it.
This is why our Lions club decided to do blood glucose screenings so we can help those in danger to seek medical help hopefully before it is too late.