A Medical Expert, Mrs Oluwatosin Akinsulire, Tuesday, advised Nigerians to consider early diagnosis of diabetes and regular monitoring, as these can save lives.
She advised in Lagos State as part of activities to commemorate the World Diabetes Day (WDD). This year’s celebration is themed: “Empowering Global Health with Early Detection.”
Akinsulire, in a statement, stated that Diabetes is on the rise globally, and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is exceptionally high among developing nations.
She referenced the World Health Organisation (WHO), which linked the prevalence of diabetes in Nigeria stands at 4.3 percent.
“This is primarily attributed to lifestyle changes driven by urbanisation, unhealthy diets, sugary drinks, insufficient physical activity, widespread tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption,” she said.
While lifestyle adjustments can be instrumental in preventing diabetes, Akinsulire, the Product Manager of Roche Diabetes Care, emphasised the need for members of the public with the potential risk factors of Diabetes to get tested.
She said people should regularly self-monitor blood glucose, as early diagnosis could save lives.
Speaking further, she said Type 2 diabetes is progressive, and in the absence of early diagnosis and proper management, its course can impact one’s health and overall well-being.
“If you want to significantly mitigate against the complications of Type 2 diabetes such as heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure, empower yourself with knowledge and monitor your blood glucose meaningfully.
“The impact on patients’ vision can also be severe, with an increased risk of permanent vision loss by damaging eye blood vessels,” she said.
Akinsulire said that many people living with diabetes experience foot problems due to nerve damage and poor blood flow, which can lead to foot ulcers and, in severe cases, amputation.
She added that the risks associated with diabetes should never be taken lightly.
“We urge anyone who feels they may be at risk due to lifestyle factors or symptoms to get tested early and follow a routine of regular self-monitoring so that the proper treatment can mitigate all these risks.
“Self-monitoring of blood glucose empowers individuals to proactively track their blood glucose, facilitating timely interventions and lifestyle adjustments.
“Regular monitoring acts as a proactive tool against diabetes,” she added.
The expert said that when self-monitoring of blood glucose is done according to standard recommendations, people living with diabetes or those at risk can gain insights into the impact of their choices.
She said this goes beyond mere detection to actively maintaining a healthy and balanced life.
“In the ongoing battle against diabetes and its consequences, Roche is a dedicated partner, aligning with global objectives to raise awareness, encourage early diagnosis, and promote standard monitoring practices.
“By emphasising the importance of early detection, regular monitoring, and effective treatment, we aim to help people live longer, healthier lives.
“But we cannot do it alone. Self-monitoring of blood glucose takes minimal time and can be done at any primary healthcare facility or home using a blood glucose monitor.
“Patients can take control of their lives by having one simple test.
“Together, we can work towards a future where diabetes no longer threatens the well-being of our caregivers, our children, our mothers, our fathers, and every Nigerian who contributes to a healthier society,” Akinsulire explained.