By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Medical experts on Monday, cautioned Nigerians to avoid Tobacco use and maintaining normal body weight to reduce the risk of having diabetes.
The medical experts handed down the warning at a webinar organised by the Center for Gender, Women and Children in Sustainable Development (CGWCSD) headed by Professor Olabisi Aina.
According to them, doing physical exercises and checking sedentary lifestyle could also prevent the outset or delay diabetes.
Speaking on “Diabetes: Diagnosis, treatment and prevention” a Consultant Endocrinologist at the Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife Dr Funmi Owolabi asked governments at all levels in Nigeria to “create more awareness on Diabetes mellitus as well as conduct surveillance on diabetes with a view to identifying its risk factors.
Dr Owolabi stressed that there is also the need for governments in Nigeria to provide facilities for diagnosis and treatment and as well make policy that enrolls all women on health insurance scheme”
Another medical expert, Dr Adetutu Williams, of Lagos Teaching Hospital in her lecture entitled “Sex and Gender Differences in Risk Pathophysiology and Complications of Diabetes” stressed the need to pay attention to lifestyle to prevent diabetes, saying, ” the prevalence of T2DM is higher in men than women. Also, T2DM is commoner in younger females than male, at middle age men have higher prevalence and by the seventh decade of life prevalence between men and women”,
Emphasizing that ” the common cause of death globally among patients with Diabetes melitus is cardiovascular disease such as stroke.”, Dr Adetutu said to minimise the risk, there is the need for screening for “prediabetes especially IGT in women.”,
Stressing that “there is need to improve socioeconomic status and psycho-social status in women with a view to empowering them. There must be increase awareness about sex and gender differences in patients with T2DM”, Dr Adetutu urged women to promote self care and minimize stress noting that preventing T2DM in women “has beneficial effects that extend beyond her lifetime”
The Executive Director of the Center, Professor Olabisi Aina in her remarks disclosed that the monthly webinar on women’s health and wellness was designed to draw attention to otherwise neglected killer diseases affecting women and suggest way they can navigate such challenges through experts’ intervention.