A medical expert, Professor Peter Katchy, has advised the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) as well as other regulatory bodies to be more proactive in regulating the use of sugar and other sweeteners in the production of edible goods that appeal mostly to children. He made the call on the occasion of this year’s World Diabetes Day. He listed beverages, biscuits, candies and other snacks among the edibles, which he urged parents to regulate including their families’ sugar in-take to save children from the risk of diabetes. Prof Katchy noted that in the past 10 years, Nigerian markets have continued to be flooded with sugar-based drinks and other products made with sweeteners in various colours and flavours that appeal to children. He warned that children would suffer the debilitating effect of diabetes including infertility, sight problems, heart, kidney and reproductive organ damage among others if not checked.
He also raised alarm over the alarming figure of diabetes related cases, and called for promotion of healthy lifestyles by exercising regularly, avoidance of excessive intake of sugar that would raise the level of glucose that would adversely affect insulin secretion capacity. He advocated for the consumption of food rich in fiber. “Every week, diabetes leads to 140 cases of lower limb amputation, 1400 cases of heart failures and over 540 cases of stroke,” he added.