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A Non-Governmental Organisation , Talabi Diabetes Centre has offered aged and other patients of diabetes a free medical screening in commemoration of the 2022 World Diabetes Day.
The screening programme was organized at the centre premises situated at Isara-Remo, Remo-North local government area of Ogun State.
World Diabetes Day is marked worldwide by the International Diabetes Federation, IDF, and the World Health Organisation, WHO, on November 14, every year.
Speaking at the event, the coordinator of the centre, Olubiyi Adesina said diabetes can be hereditary, as such, there is a need for the general public to be informed about diabetes and how it should be properly managed.
He added that there are three essential factors involved in diabetes management which include; Good diet, regular exercise and medications.
He said this year’s seminar would talk more on good diet and its relevance in diabetes management, adding that diet is a very vital aspect of diabetes management that should not be handled with levity.
He said, “The more we know about diabetes, the more information we give the individual with diabetes, the better. He / she will be able to care for him or herself, so that is what we are doing here today, to give them the information on diet and diabetes.
“As we grow older than 40 years, the risk of developing Diabetes increases, that’s why virtually all the people here today are elderly people living with Diabetes.
“As we grow older, you are less active and tend to accumulate more fat, then the risk of diabetes increases.
“Whether their blood sugar level will be controlled or not. One of the key factors is what you are eating or what you are not eating. Food is very essential in controlling Diabetes”
A dietician at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Abiola Oniyitan said that a healthy diet is an essential factor in managing diabetes.
She said this at a one-day free medical screening programme and diabetes management seminar organized by the Talabi Diabetes Centre.
Speaking on the theme for this year’s diabetes awareness month and World Diabetes Day is “Education to protect tomorrow”, the dietician said a good diet is as important as medications in diabetes management.
She said, “It is World Diabetes Day and the theme for this year is ‘Education To Protect tomorrow’
“Diet plays an important role in the management of Diabetes, that’s why we have to ensure that we are well informed in order to avoid any further complications.
“A lot of people eat anyhow, we don’t even take into cognizance, what we are to eat and what not to eat.
“There are some foods that elevate blood sugar. Dieting is very vital because if we are able to curtail what we consume, it will prevent us from other complications of Diabetes.”
Oniyitan advised the public to equally prioritize medical checks rather than self medication to keep fit and know their health status.
She said, “Constant medical checkup is very important because from there, you will be able to follow up with your health status. Even if there is any other complication it would be figured out on time.
“So this free medical check up is an opportunity for them to check their blood sugar levels because it is very important.
“This education is to protect tomorrow, everyone needs to be informed about diabetes.”
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