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Diabetes is a global epidemic

An estimated 537 million adults across the world are living with diabetes, and its prevalence is increasing rapidly. By 2045, the number is expected to reach 700 million. Diabetes is a global epidemic that touches every corner of the globe.

Lions Clubs International and LCIF are dedicated to empowering Lions and Leos around the world to fight diabetes by serving their communities one by one.
Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.
Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Although not everyone with type 2 diabetes is overweight, obesity and an inactive lifestyle are two of the things are responsible for about 90% to 95%
of diabetes cases in the United States of America. (May 2021).

Lions, with the support of Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), are working to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve the life of those living with diabetes. More than 1.1 million children and young adults are living with type 1 diabetes. Lions and Leos can help children and young adults living with diabetes by hosting a fun, interactive camp.

The Diabetes Camps program is designed to help enhance the quality of life for young people living with diabetes. This program fosters relationships that will help participants expand their diabetes management skills and increase knowledge of the disease.


Adults living
with diabetes
in 2021

1 in 2

(232 million)

1 in 5

People above
65 years old
have diabetes


Deaths from
in 2021
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