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World Diabetes Day: Expert advocates establishment of recreation centres

Dr Dan Gadzama, Spokesperson, Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, has advised all tiers of government to set up recreational centres across the country to curtail diabetes prevalence rate.

Giving the advice in an interview on Monday in Abuja, Gadzama said that one in every 10 Nigerians are diabetic, describing it as unacceptable.

He explained that diabetes usually occur due to lack of insulin resistance, which is vital in glucose metabolism.

The expert noted that in spite of the existence of number of estates in the country, there were no single recreational centres.

He said that availability of such centres would assist in reducing a lot of disease burden like the diabetes type B which is usually associated with sedentary lifestyle, obesity and diet, among others.

“We advise government to put measures in place especially to manage those that are already diabetic like bringing in high tech equipment as it its obtained in other countries.

“In other countries they have high tech equipment that can detect the possibility of the child having diabetes even when the child is at uterus.

“If it is detected, you can be able to work on it and prevent it.

“Government can also create diabetes management and awareness centre across the country where people can have access to check and once confirmed diabetic, the management is for live and requires serious check.

“Government should also, as a matter of urgency, create sporting facilities across the country to enable people have regular exercise which is more beneficial than going to the hospitals,’’ Gadzama said.

However, the expert who noted that diabetes are of two types; one and two, stressed that type one is usually common with children from age four and is linked with genetic or chromosones.

According to him, diabetic type two is common with adults and aging and the risk factors include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, hypertension and family history, among others.

According to him, if a father, mother or siblings have that type of diabetes the persons have the chance of having diabetes.

Gadzama said that patients with type one diabetic would depend on insulin all through his life while type two could be managed through regular exercise.

He said that consumption of fibre foods like vegetables and plantain, among others, would help to improve the health of the patient.

The expert also advised the public to desist from cigarette smoking, alcohol drinks and endeavour to check their blood sugar level as often as possible.

According to him, this will go a long way to reduce the prevalence of diabetic and death rate in the country.

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