Experts have said that healthy diet; exercise and drugs are germane for diabetic patients to survive.
Consultant physician at the Isolo General Hospital, Dr. Oladunni Ogundare, advised diabetes patients to have their own glucometers so they can monitor their blood sugar themselves.
Commemorating the World Diabetes Day organised by the Lagos Chapter of Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) at Isolo General Hospital, Isolo, Lagos, she said the more a diabetic patient’s sugar is in the right place, the better chances of survival.
Adding that 80 per cent of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, and some people do now even know they are living with the disease, she urged adult especially to take responsibility of their health.
According to her, major symptoms of the disease includes increased urination, thirst and hunger, adults should see the doctor without delay once these signs are noticed.
The World Diabetes Day is celebrated yearly on November 14 to create awareness on the causes and cure of the disease.
According to statistics, 425million people worldwide are living with the disease, while the number is expected to rise to 522million in 2030.
Also, Ogundare said early detection is key to preventing complications, as diabetes, if not detected and treated early, can cause blindness, stroke, kidney failure or cramp and destroys body organs gradually.
“Drug prescription is just one-third of treatment. The other two important treatments are regular exercise and eating right.
“Diabetes is a silent killer, and as such, the best time to do the check is before complications set in. World Diabetes Day is not just for one day, you must remember all though the month and the year.
Chairman, Lagos DAN, Alhaji H A Afinowi, advised participants to eat balanced diets with less sugar intake and exercise at least 30 minutes daily.
He also invited diabetic persons to join the association so they can get familiar with how to live well with the disease.
Representing the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Naimdeen Shuaib, said the programme was to create awareness on diabetes and mobilise diabetic patients for easy access to proper healthcare delivery.
He added that diabetes is no longer life threatening if a patient does the right things, such as good lifestyle modification, healthy diet and regular exercise.
On preventing the Type 2 diabetes, Shuaib said there is a close link between obesity and diabetes, adding that good lifestyle modification can help prevent it.
“Sedentary lifestyle, food with high calories and carbonated drinks should be avoided for diabetic patients or not,” he added.
Nutritionists at the event urged patients to take measured quantity of all diets. They said that high protein intake do not cure diabetes, rather it causes kidney problems.