3.9m Nigerians diabetic, says report

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have in a global report given estimate of 347 million people as living with diabetes, with 19.8 million from Africa. According to IDF 2013 report, Nigeria has the highest number of people with diabetes in Africa, with 3.9 million cases and 4.9 per cent national prevalence rate. The reports show that more than 80 per cent of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.

Marketing Manager, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Mr. Friday Enaholo has therefore, advised on the need to live a healthy lifestyle through eating a balanced diet, avoiding excessive alcohol intake, engaging in regular physical exercise, reducing salt intake, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding smoking amongst others to prevent the disease.

With this alarming figure, Fidson Healthcare Plc has joined the IDF and WHO in encouraging healthy diet and lifestyle to prevent diabetes, in commemoration of this year’s World Diabetes Day today.

The leading pharmaceutical company advised Nigerians to steer clear of unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle that could increase their chances of developing the life-threatening disease.

Buttressing the IDF and WHO reports, Enaholo said the rate of diabetes globally is worrisome and should be a major concern to Nigerians, just as he urged stakeholders to join hands and support government in making concerted effort at reducing diabetes in the country through public enlightenment on the importance of healthy diet and lifestyle.

as a preventive measure.

He said: “We cannot fold our hands and watch diabetes ravage the health of Nigerians. The health of the people is the health of the nation. We therefore need to prevent this impending menace by educating Nigerians on the danger of diabetes and how they can prevent it through healthy eating and living.”

World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on November 14, led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). It was initiated in 1991 by the IDF and WHO in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007.

He said Fidson’s support for the IDF and WHO campaign against diabetes is another demonstration of the company’s concern for the health and wellbeing of Nigerians and its commitment to adding value to the lives of people, in line with its corporate slogan “…we value life”.

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