It was World Diabetes Day this week, and with almost two million diabetics in Australia, awareness must be raised among citizens. Diabetes affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people even more, as they are three times more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. World Diabetes Day is organised by the United Nations, and is on the 14th of November – the birthday of the inventor of insulin, Sir Frederick Banting.
Lions Australia is a charity group made up of clubs that gather resources and do volunteer work for various causes. For World Diabetes Day, Lions volunteers are walking 100, 000 kilometres to promote healthy activity and raise money and awareness for diabetes.
The Wire’s Roderick Chambers spoke with Pat Mills, National Diabetes Coordinator of Lions Australia about diabetes, symptoms and the process of raising awareness.