Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 November 2012

Nigeria: 'Six Million Nigerians Living With Diabetes'

Makurdi — Six million Nigerians are estimated to be living with diabetes while deaths associated with the disease are projected to increase by 52% by the year 2015.

Brand development manager of DeeDoo Nigeria, Pharm. Erdoo Apeh disclosed this at a news conference yesterday as part of the organisation's activities to mark this year's World Diabetes Day Awareness Campaign.

"The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that about 6 million people are reported to be affected with diabetes while six in every 10 Nigerians are at risk of having the disease because of their life style, eating habits and nonchalant attitude towards comprehensive and routine medical checkups", she said.

Apeh said "the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON), had also declared that diabetes is likely to cause more deaths than imagined. The body said it is a major cause of deaths arising from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). HERFON, a non- governmental organization and publishers of the yearly Nigerian Health Review, declared in a projection that death through diabetes will account for 52 percent in 2015".

Celebrating this year's theme entitled, "Protect our Future" Apeh opined that the disease was on the increase among Nigerians in recent times.

She linked the high prevalence rate to the lifestyle of people due to obesity, diet, physical inactivity among others while she cautioned that every person should see it as a duty on their part to ensure responsible living.

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