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  Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA Dr Ushakuma Anenga has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners The event was organized by the NMA chapter Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long According to him diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise Unenga also said that overeating lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics especially weight loss to start an early treatment of diabetes He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar Diabetes specialist Dr Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050 ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation We need to raise more awareness we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don t fall victim to it he added Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors Therefore he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent Mr Michael Terngu Vembe State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts so that more pensioners benefit Agishi Benjamin a diabetic patient said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication The food is good but don t eat more than the required amount Diabetes is a deadly disease but it kills faster depending on how you manage it he added Dan Edwin Ter another retiree who has had the condition for six years said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non payment of his government pension arrears Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends family and associates The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees edited Source Credit NAN
NMA warns against use of herbal medicine for diabetes treatment

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Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Ushakuma Anenga, has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes.

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World Diabetes Day for Pensioners

Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners.

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Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria

The event was organized by the NMA chapter, Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria.

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He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long.

According to him, diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise.

Unenga also said that overeating, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes.

The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics, especially weight loss, to start an early treatment of diabetes.

He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks.

Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity, poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar.

Barbara Akinbowa

Diabetes specialist Dr. Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050, ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list.

International Diabetes Federation

Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide.

He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation.

“We need to raise more awareness, we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don’t fall victim to it,” he added.

Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors.

Therefore, he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent.

Michael-Terngu Vembe

Mr. Michael-Terngu Vembe, State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union, appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension.

He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign.

Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts, so that more pensioners benefit.

Agishi Benjamin

Agishi Benjamin, a diabetic patient, said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication.

“The food is good, but don’t eat more than the required amount.

“Diabetes is a deadly disease, but it kills faster depending on how you manage it,” he added.

Dan-Edwin Ter

Dan-Edwin Ter, another retiree who has had the condition for six years, said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non-payment of his government pension arrears.

Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends, family and associates.

Nigerian News Agency

The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness, organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees.

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