In a warning to Nigerians on the sidelines of this year’s World Diabetes Day, a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, has cautioned of the high risk of Skipping breakfast regularly.
Dr. Adewole Adesanya, Consultant Physician and
Endocrinologist, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, has
warned that skipping breakfast regularly pose high risk of
Adesanya gave the warning on Monday in Lokoja on the
sidelines of this year’s World Diabetes Day (WDD).
Diabetes is often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus.
It describes a group of metabolic diseases in which a person
has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin
production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not
respond properly to insulin, or both.
He said that people who formed the habit of willingly skipping
their breakfast in the morning were exposing themselves to the
risk of diabetes.
He advised that people should eat more of high fibre food such
as yam, bread with a lot of vegetables rather than food with
high concentration of sugar.
“People should eat healthily with more intakes of fruits such
as cucumber, tomatoes, carrots and garden egg and small
portion of apple, pawpaw, banana and watermelon, especially
“Diabetic patients must take good care of themselves, adhere
strictly to instructions of their physicians, dieticians and check
their blood sugar level regularly.
“We must make sure we do everything possible to reduce and
maintain a normal weight, regular exercises, and eat a balanced
diet to prevent diabetes,’’ the expert said.
He noted that diabetes does not have a known cure for now
except the so called pancreatic transplant of the lacking insulin,
but could be effectively managed.
“There are four types of diabetes.
“Type 1 is common in younger age below 30, type 2 is most
prevalent diabetes for all ages, and gestational diabetes which
mainly affects pregnant women.
“The classical symptoms of diabetes as excessive water intake
and urination, excessive eating and losing weight, weak erection,
recurrent boils and infections, miscarriages and still birth,
among others,’’ Adesanya said.
He appealed to government at all levels to sensitise the public
through their awareness programmes on the importance of
screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
“The Federal Government should subsidised insulin and
metforme in order to assist the patients in their treatment due
to its high cost.
“The general public must be adequately sensitised on its early
signs, detection, possible preventions and treatment to reduce
the risk of serious complications.
“For every two people that have diabetes there is one person
that is not known; that is, 1 in 2 people currently living with
diabetes is undiagnosed.
“We are all stakeholders on public awareness of diabetes; let
us inform our friends, families, co-workers and neighbours to
help achieve massive individual screenings by participating in our
NAN reports that this year’s World Diabetes Day, themed
“Eyes on Diabetes”, is marked annually on Nov. 14, to
raise awareness on the disease.
The theme focuses on the importance of screening to ensure
early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment so as to
reduce the risk of serious complications.