The Clifton Lions Club met Thursday, November 11, and celebrated a total of 56 people screened with the new vision machine at Clifton Main Street’s FallFest.
Lions Steve James and Renee Kettler screened 67 youth at Bosqueville Elementary recently, while only seven were given referrals. The Lions are prepping for their bi-annual Pancake Supper, set for this Thursday, November 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The location will be the Clifton Civic Center. Click here for more information on the supper, and the gun raffle for a Savage .243 rifle.
Lions welcomed new member Ron Ragsdale. Cub Scouts respresentative Norm Dulch mentioned popcorn for sale for the newly chartered program.
Lion Savannah Lea introduced the speaker for the meeting, Dr. Justin Squyres of Goodall-Witcher Healthcare.
He was there to talk National Diabetes Awareness month. Squyres explained normal blood glucose, or sugar, control and the science behind diabetes. Insulin is released at the right times and in the right amounts to help manage glucose. It works to absorb sugar from the body, and stop it from remaining in the blood. Symptoms of hyperglycemia include increased thirst, increasesd urination, blurry vision, feeling tired, slow healing of cuts and wounds, more frequent infections, weight loss, and nausea and vomiting. It can cause long-term problems, like blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, and stroke.
He provided textbook definitions of both types of diabetes as well:
With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas makes too little or no insulin. One in 20 h people have Type 1. Most diabetics, under age 20 most have Type 1. In this case, the body can’t make insulin, and it is always needed for treatment.
With Type 2, cells do not use insulin well (aka insulin resistance). The ability for the pancreas to make insulin decreases over time. This type is common in adults as they age.
He talked about blood-sugar monitors worn by diabetics. Technology has come a long way, with continuous glucose monitors making it so users can bluetooth their sugar spikes to monitor their levels, particularly so that no one has to draw blood or prick their finger. Both medical science and technology have come far over the last century when it comes to diabetes.