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Epic Journey Against Diabetes

13 Jun

Service in Action

By Edwin A. Velarde, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, California, USA; Member of the Board of Directors for the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes, and Director of Public Relations for the USA/Canada chapter of the Cycling to Serve Rotary Fellowship.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 422 million adults have diabetes. Over 3.8 million deaths are attributed to diabetes and high blood glucose. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure,  increased risk of heart disease, blindness among working adults and non-trauma leg amputations. About 95% of people living with diabetes have Type 2 where the body does not efficiently use its naturally-produced insulin. Type 2 diabetes can be preventable and reversed in many cases.

With all the wonderful things Rotary does for humanity like eradicating polio, providing clean water and developing economies, the world needs Rotarians. Rotarians can be examples in leading, preventing and managing diabetes…

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