Dr. Nasir Sanni, a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, (UITH) has advised Nigerians to cultivate the habit of routine medical checks to curb diabetes.
The physician, who gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin, explained that this would help to check the rising cases of diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes, in the country.
“It is important for everybody from the age of 45, to ensure that they engage in, at least, yearly medical check-up, to evaluate their blood sugar level.
“While those with either parent as a diabetic, should begin the regular medical check as a necessity, even from a young age,” he said.
He added that it was important for people not to wait to develop symptoms of the disease, or any other, before going for regular medical checks.
According to him having regular medical examinations would save many from developing medical conditions that were preventable.
The physician explained that Type 1 diabetes was still unpreventable as it was hereditary, while Type 2 diabetes normally developed through poor dietary habits, and so could be effectively checked.
He expressed concerns over the alarming rate of people currently suffering from diabetes, noting that early detection still remained the most effective means of overcoming the ailment.
Sanni encouraged staff and students of the university, particularly those susceptible to the disease, to avoid sedentary lifestyles and engage in constant physical exercises.
He recommended constant walks as one of the best forms of exercising and keeping fit.
The expert also advised members of the university community to be moderate in food consumption, and unhealthy diets to prevent diabetes.
The physician also advised that heavy meals, particularly those with carbohydrate content, should be avoided or reduced to the barest level, while also encouraging the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
He further advised against smoking and excessive alcohol intake as a means of preventing many health complications.
The expert explained that the two habits were not just inimical to sound health, but were also sure means to getting diabetes.