The National President of Diabetes Association of Nigeria, Mohammed Alkali, has said between five and nine million Nigerians are living with diabetes. Alkali also disclosed that diabetes is responsible for over 105 million deaths annually across the globe, adding that over 425 million people are living with diabetes all over the world. He however, warned that the situation could be worse unless concerted efforts were put in place to fight the disease.
Alkali disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking at the 2019 Triennial Delegates Council to celebrate the World Diabetes Day held at Peter Akinola Foundation youth centre, Abeokuta. He said over half of those infected by diabetes were not aware of their condition, explaining that public awareness and massive screening were the main strategies to prevent diabetes.
He predicted that by 2040, diabetes would have infected 642 million people across the world if necessary steps were not taken to prevent the disease. Alkali advised Nigerians to seek medical advice on how to live healthy and protect themselves from any disease. He however said if proper health care was assured, over 50 per cent of diabetic cases would be prevented.
He said, “Diabetes has become a major global epidemic being the leading non-communicable disease responsible for over 105 million deaths annually. “The current number of people living with diabetes is over 425 million and is projected to reach 642 million by 2040 unless urgent steps are taken.”
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