Three in 10 Nigerians battling chronic diabetes, expert warns
Convener of Diabetic Support and Prevention Foundation and Chairman/CEO of Andersons Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Chief Bright Edom has urged Nigerians to take diabetes seriously as the number of cases is steadily on the rise.
According to him, research shows that three in 10 Nigerians are diabetic but are unaware of their medical condition.
Edom said foundation has plans to educate and bring to the fore, the ravaging effects of diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. “Many Nigerians are diabetic without knowing until it becomes life threatening. Uncontrolled use of sugar found in foods and drinks such as beverages, beer and so on have not helped the situation and as a result of these, many Nigerians are battling with astronomical sugar levels.”
In order to minimise the consumption of unhealthy sugars, he said the foundation had introduced into the Nigerian market, a healthy range of sweeteners such as stevia with chromium, which is a great combination of stevia leaves extracts as natural sweetener and chromimiums picolinate that contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose level. There are also zero calorie diet sticks sweeteners made of maize and sorbitol, which are all natural ingredients.
These products were specifically formulated for diabetes and for better life style for non-diabetes people. He urged Nigerians to cut off unhealthy sugars in their meals while still enjoying their meals with their range of sweeteners.
Edom said the foundation was primarily established to help indigent patients who cannot afford medications and to sensitise the public on the debilitating effects of the disease. He said he took interest in fighting diabetes after losing two loved ones as a result of diabetes complications.
He urged government at all levels through relevant health institutions to subsidise treatments and embark on more robust enlightenment.