By Ola Ajayi
A Professor from the University of Kuwait, Professor Abayomi Akanji, has said over 7.5million Nigerians will have diabetes by 2025 except the Federal Government spends over $400bn by 2025 to check its spread.
The university don, while delivering a lecture yesterday in commemoration of the official inauguration of the laboratory of the Institute of Genetic Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine at Bodija, Ibadan .
One of the things, he said, could check the menace of the deadly disease is refraining from junk foods which have now become the habits of many Nigerians.
According to him, one out every 10 Nigerians will suffer diabetes by 2025 if all the necessary measures are not taken.
â€œIf nothing is done to stop the looming epidemic, over 7.5m people in the country will have the disease by 2025 with half of the figure dying of its complications.
Speaking on the topic, â€œBlood sugar and blood haemoglobin â€“ Old wine, new skin,â€, he advised that the country may need to set aside at least 10 percent of its annual budget on health to prevent the impending scourge.
â€œMost important association with diabetes is increase in body weight and a lot of people are becoming obese among both the high income earners and the poor people. A study I conducted among the poor market women in relatively low income group areas of Lagos for instance showed that one in every three of them is fatâ€.
Contrary to the conclusion of the people that only the rich people are fat, he stated that â€œthere is a paradox of poverty when you have more people fatter than the rich people and that is why the epidemic will come from.A situation where by those people that could not afford the treatment are affected is a big problem. They will develop this disease and wonâ€™t be able to take care of themselves.
He added that â€œPeople should go back to the old habits. We should not encourage our children to eat fatty foods. Everybody, both young and old should also be encouraged to do a lot of activities. People donâ€™t perform any form of activities. Children donâ€™t do exercises again.