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'6 million Nigerians live with diabetes'

17 November 2014, 18:28

Lagos -  Peter Ujomu, Executive Director, Health Matters Inc, said that an estimated six million people were living with diabetes in Nigeria.

Ujomu made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of activities marking the 2014 World Diabetes Day (WDD) in Lagos.

NAN reports WDD is a day set aside by the International Federation for Diabetes to increase the awareness about diabetes.

WDD is marked annually on November 14, and the 2014 campaign marks the first of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes.

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"The number of people with diabetes may be on the increase because there are so many predisposing factors that are all over the place.

"Like every other statistics in Nigeria, there is always controversy about the number but right now, we believe about six million people are living with diabetes in this country.

"Some of the factors are the kind of foods we eat; culture, lifestyle and other things that happen to us.

"These are all signposts of an imminent danger in the increase of the number of people living with diabetes’’.

According to Ujomu, there is need to expand the message horizon by talking to communities as almost half of the people with diabetes remain undiagnosed.

Dr Afoke Isiavwe, Medical Director, Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Lekki, Lagos, said that diabetes often times has no symptoms and by the time most people realise it, the cost of treatment and management becomes high.




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