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Diabetes in Nigeria, A Daily Burden, Part 1 By Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi

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Diabetes in Nigeria, A Daily Burden, Part 1 By Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi

Diabetes in Nigeria, A Daily Burden, Part 1 By Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi

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Diabetes in Nigeria, A Daily Burden, Part 1 By Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi

Diabetes in Nigeria, A Daily Burden, Part 1 By Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi

Diabetes in Nigeria, A Daily Burden, Part 1 By Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi

Today is world diabetes day, a day set aside to raise awareness about the prevention and management of Diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much sugar in the blood because the body cannot use the high sugar properly. It is because one of the organs in the body, the pancreas, does not produce enough of the hormone called insulin. Insulin is required to get sugar from the blood into the cells of the body and when it is not available at all or there is too little, diabetes develops.

EFFECTS OF DIABETES

It is a life-long chronic non-communicable disease that results in poor quality of life and premature deaths (with a life expectancy in Nigeria of about 52-54years).

DIABETES CAN CAUSE OTHER SERIOUS PROBLEMS

Not only does poorly managed diabetes results in premature deaths, it can cause a number of problems that affects the quality of life. These problems include •blindness, •kidney damage and •foot ulcers as a result of damage to nerves

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

Diabetes in adults usually comes on after the age of 40 years (type 2 diabetes). Africans, more so Nigerians, are at higher risk of developing diabetes. It is very important to take steps to prevent the occurrence of diabetes as its consequences are bad.

An individual may not know that they are developing diabetes until the signs and symptoms become obvious. However, there are factors which increase the risks of developing diabetes. These include being •overweight (obesity), •high blood pressure, •family history of diabetes, and •people who have had a heart attack or a stroke.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES?

•Feeling unusually thirsty, •passing urine too frequently, •passing urine a lot at night, •ants gathering round on to where you have passed urine (the ants do so because of the sugar in the urine) and •hazy or poor vision.

WHAT TO DO

See a doctor if you have any of the risk factors and or the symptoms. Eating a healthy diet, undertaking exercises and ensuring you are not overweight can reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Today is World Diabetes Day, but people with Diabetes live with it each day of their lives. Prevention of Diabetes is better than cure. There is a greater need in Nigeria to raise awareness of this killer disease. Stay healthy. Each life is priceless.


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