By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
People with diabetes should regularly monitor their glucose levels, and taking any dietary supplement should be managed under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Shun Chieh Biotechnology Co. Ltd., manufacturer of a diabetic supplement, released the caution while highlighting the incidence of the disease in Nigeria.
“In Nigeria, it is estimated that 15 million people are diabetic,” it wrote.
It said diabetes is a global health issue with the total number of people with diabetes projected to rise from 171 million in year 2000 to 366 million in year 2030.
The dietary supplement manufacturer stated that there will be an attendant expected increase in the numbers of deaths arising as a result of the complications of diabetes millitus.
It noted that globally, diabetes prevalence is similar in men and women but it is slightly higher in men – 60 years of age and in women at older ages.
“Overall, diabetes prevalence is higher in men, but there are more women with diabetes than men. The combined effect of a greater number of elderly woman than men in most populations and the increasing prevalence of diabetes with age is the most likely explanation for this observation” the biotechnology company narrated.
It pointed out that the fear and seriousness of diabetes millitus is largely a result of its associated complications which can be serious, disabling and even fatal.
The healthcare body said diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia (high sugar levels in the blood) resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both.
“Uncontrolled chronic hyperglycemia results in long-term damage, particular dysfunction, and failure of the eye, heart, blood vessels, nerves, and kidneys and death,” the company stressed.