Nigeria: Four Million Nigerians Are Diabetic, Says Don

A university teacher, Professor Olayinka Akinwusi has alerted that about four million Nigerians are diabetic with half of the population not knowing their health statusAkinwusi who is the Dean of Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Osun State University, {UNIOSUN}, spoke at the first annual lecture of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences held at auditorium of the main campus of the institution in Osogbo.

According to her, lifestyle modifications such as healthy diet, regular physical activity or exercise, smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, abstaining from soft drinks and sugary drinks are important primary and secondary prevention strategies. She said, “In Nigeria the prevalence was 2.2% in the 1990s through a Federal Ministry of Health sponsored Survey by Akinkugbe et al. “The prevalence is now estimated to be 0-2% in adult rural dwellers and 6-10% in urban adults. In essence about four million Nigerians have diabetes and about ½ of them are unaware,” Akinwusi said.

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