A CARLOW man is appealing for those attending this week’s ploughing to take a diabetes risk assessment.
Lions Clubs of Ireland will be present at the national ploughing championships at Ratheniska today (Tuesday) through to Thursday.
In previous years, the stand highlighted the issue of diabetes awareness.
Participants are asked to complete a short risk assessment survey that will indicate if they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. More information can be found at the diabetes.ie website.
Past Lions Club district governor and chair of the district diabetes team John O’Donovan from Carlow said: “Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes can go undiagnosed, so it is important to get screened if you are at risk of developing it. If you tick two or more of these risk factors, get a routine blood test with your GP to check if you have type 2 diabetes. These risks include age 40 or older, overweight for your height, not taking 30 minutes of exercise daily, a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol and have had gestational diabetes during pregnancy.”
The Lions Clubs stand will be located in The Dome ‒ Dunamaise & Nore ‒ health and wellness section. Look out for row 37, stand 593, units 30 and 31.