9 December 2012

Tanzania: Diabetes Up in Tanga Region

THERE seems to be an increase in the number of diabetic patients in Tanga region and clinics are receiving an average 12 to 16 new diabetic patients every month all over the region.

Elaborating on the diabetes status in the region here, the nursing officer in charge of diabetic clinic at the Bombo regional hospital, Naomi Mziray said the statistics show that 3 to 4 new patients with diabetes are recorded at the clinic every week.

She said since the diabetic clinic opened at the regional hospital in 2004, to date, about 2,465 patients have been registered region wide out of which, 1,582 are women and 883 are men most of them 45 years old and above. She added that about 47 children below the age of 18 years have been diagnosed and registered with diabetic related complications.

She attributed the increase in diabetes to the consumption of unhealthy foods, lack of physical exercises and hereditary traits. She pointed out some of the common symptoms of diabetes including a frequent urinating, fatigue and sweating. "Up until recently it was believed that that diabetes only attacked overweight well to do people.

But that perception has been proven wrong as diabetes can attack anybody exposed to its causes," she clarified. She further explained complications of the diabetes patient to include blindness, memory loss especially when the patient does not follow medical advice.

"If a patient follows a doctor's advice he or she can reduce the effects of the disease. So it is very important for them to regularly attend diabetes clinic and meet experts to get advice. She advised residents of Tanga to cultivate a habit of going for regular medical checkups and exercising. According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics one person in ten persons has diabetes.

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