Some medical practitioners have revealed some natural remedies that could be used to curb the high rate of diabetes disease in the country.
Speaking about this year’s edition of 2018 World Diabetes Day which was celebrated globally on the 14th of November, the health practitioners who spoke to NAN said the awareness became necessary because the condition is capable of affecting the body’s ability to process glucose in the blood.
Dr. Iorwuese Charles, a medical practitioner at Police Hospital, Ado Ekiti said diabetes is a condition that which makes the sugar level to be high in the blood.
He said, “A healthy lifestyle and diet are vital keys to curb diabetes, stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, moderate exercises, reduce food rich in sugar, eat vegetables and wheat products.”
Speaking on the signs and symptoms of the disease, Dr. Charles sais some of the signs to look out for are increased urination, increased thirst, dry mouth, increase appetite which will be followed by weight loss.
Speaking further, he said other signs include: “Blurring of vision, tiredness, fatigue, mood swings, irritability, frequent urination at night and headaches.”
Another medical practitioner who spoke with NAN, Dr. Egbete Chimaobi said some common natural remedies could be used to manage diabetes.
“Remedies such as ginger and a mix of cinnamon as the anti-inflammatory properties help prevent certain diabetes complications; bitter leaf also helps to reduce the blood sugar and avoid heart and kidney failure.
“Aloe Vera juice is very effective and useful to a diabetic patient as regular intake would help stabilize the amount of glucose in the bloodstream,’’ Chimaobi said.
He explained that: “The family and diabetes are two sides of a coin as diabetes like any other illness has a huge strain on families both financially and psychologically.
“It reduces productivity when the person affected is admitted and a working family member leaves work to take care of the patient.”
According to him, though there are lots of negativity associated with diabetes, it can have positive effects on the family.
“The families become aware of the disease while some families result to becoming ambassadors and educating others,’’ the expert said.