An alarm has been raised by researchers over the growing rate of diabetes among Nigeria as it has been reported that over 5.5 percent of the country’s population was suffering from the condition.
This was made known at a three-day diabetes awareness workshop held at Novena University, Ogume Delta state. The theme of the workshop was, “Bringing Research in Diabetes To Global Environment and Systems (BRIDGES)”.
Resource persons who spoke at the workshop urged Nigerians to get involved in physical activities and fitness as well as maintain a healthy eating lifestyle in order to curb the ailment.
The workshop was organized by the University in conjunction with the International Diabetes Foundation and Global Medical Research and Development Organization, GMRDO.
One of the speakers at the event, Doctor Ezekiel Uba Nwose said, “Diabetes is one of the major problems in the world that is easily connected with metabolic syndrome that predisposes to heart diseases.
“Participants at this workshop which include healthcare professionals, public health staff, and students are going to organize diabetic patients, train them on how to manage diabetes, especially on lifestyle methods.”
Another resource person, Mr. Otovwe Agofure said a lot of people are not aware they are diabetic till they collapse due to stroke or hypertension. He said, “We did we get 25.46% of people having diabetes in Ughelli alone, that is to tell you the degree of prevalence in Nigeria. Some people may not know that they have the ailment until they collapse or have a stroke because it goes with hypertension.”