By Alison Squires
The local Lions’ club hosted a Type 2 diabetes risk-assessment workshop at the Wadena Drop In Centre on the Family Day weekend. The focus of the program is to prevent and reduce the impact of diabetes. Many people are unaware they are at risk, and early detection can reduce or even delay serious complications. Participants receive a confidential assessment.
On hand for the event were Kelvington-Wadena MLA June Draude, Mayor Greg Linnen, RM of Lakeview reeve Mervin Kryzanowski and Lions representative Kerry Ziola, who each were assessed for the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Participants filled out a personal risk-assessment form on a computer. After receiving the results, further consultation was available with healthcare professional Jeannie Holowaty, who would then refer them to their doctor— based on the results of their assessment.
Questions asked on the form covered age, weight and height to calculate body mass index (BMI), heritage, amount of physical activity and typical diet.
The program is available through the Canadian Diabetes Association. All equipment required to take the assessment, including computers, printers, and scales for weight, was provided by the Wadena District Lions Club.
The Lions Clubs of Saskatchewan will hold 50 or more diabetes screening and education events across the province over a two-year period. Local Lions are being trained to hold screening clinics using the CANRISK, a Canadian diabetes questionnaire.
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association website, the number of people with Type 2 diabetes is rising dramatically due to a number of factors:
- An aging population.
- Rising obesity rates.
- Increasingly sedentary lifestyles, particularly in younger Canadians.
- People of Aboriginal descent are three to five times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
- Almost 80 per cent of new Canadians are from populations that have a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes. These include people of Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, or African descent
Diabetes by the numbers:
• 1 out of 4 Canadians either has diabetes or pre-diabetes (risk of developing Type 2 diabetes).
• 20 people are diagnosed every hour.
• 80 per cent of Canadians with diabetes die from a heart attack or a stroke.
• 42 per cent of new kidney dialysis patients in 2004 had diabetes.
• leading cause of blindness in Canada.
• 7 of 10 non-traumatic limb amputations are the result of diabetes complications.
• 25 per cent of people with diabetes also suffer from depression.
• 15 years shorter life expectancy for those with Type 1 diabetes.
• 5 to 10 years shorter life expectancy for those with Type 2 diabetes.