President of the African Fertility Society, Prof Oladapo Ashiru has called on Nigerians to mind their lifestyle and eating habit in order to avoid diabetes disease.
Prof Oladapo made the call while speaking at a public lecture organized by the City Club in Lagos.
He said while most diseases are preventable, Nigerians lack the knowledge of how to prevent them.
He said unlike the belief of many, eating too many fruits can cause more harm than good as the pancreas could be affected.
He said, “People who say they are taking smoothie and mix a lot of watermelons, pineapple, and oranges, are not doing themselves any good. The recommended daily allowance of fruits is 200 grams.
“Don’t say because they say fruits are good, you would take it morning, afternoon and night in large quantities. It exhausts the function of the pancreas and stresses it so much that it can’t function. That is what leads to diabetes.”
Speaking further, Prof Oladapo revealed pesticide; fumigation and paint could lead to diabetes, adding that these chemicals could affect pregnant women and fetus when they are exposed to them.
Also speaking at the event, the Chairperson of the occasion, Mrs. Angela Emuwa said Nigeria also confronted with the need to survive deadly disease in addition to fighting poverty.
She said, “In Nigeria, 1.7 million people have diabetes, undoubtedly the highest prevalence in Africa. The NMA also stated that the disease claimed about 40,000 lives in 2015 alone.
“But, as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, it costs nothing or very little. People must act on the risk factors, which include tobacco, alcohol and bad nutrition. These factors could lead to premature death, cancer and other chronic diseases. Prevention is most certainly the way to go.”