Let's all watch our sugar intake

AS THE world commemorates World Health Day, it is important for people to continue monitoring their sugar intake. We believe diabetes is increasingly becoming a major silent killer with the World Health Organisation (WHO) projecting it to be the number seven killer in the world by 2030.

Thus, this year’s World Health Day commemorations yesterday focused on scaling-up prevention, strengthening care and enhancing surveillance of diabetes.

Diabetes is a noncommunicable chronic, metabolic disease characterised by elevated levels of blood glucose which may over time lead to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.

While health stakeholders are making frantic efforts to fight the diseases, people should take it upon themselves to prevent this disease.

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease which means it is a result of eating unhealthy foods and failing to prioritise exercise.
One should avoid sugary drinks and over-processed foods which have toxic sugar. Instead, their diets should have more of fruit and vegetables.

The prevalence of diabetes has been steadily increasing in the past few decades, in particular in low-and middle-income countries, according to WHO.

As a starting point, it is crucial for people to get screened for blood sugar, as an estimated 50 percent of those diabetic do not even know that they are diabetic.

We believe this is very critical because people can live and work without knowing that they have this deadly condition within them.
When people know their condition, they can adopt appropriate strategies to limit exposure to excesses of the condition.
Diabetic people should adhere to a strict diet, avoiding sugar overload in their bodies.

Symptoms of diabetes include increased urine output, excessive thirst, weight loss, hunger, fatigue, skin problems, slow healing wounds, yeast infections, blurred vision, and tingling or numbness in the feet or toes.

Diabetes has also been known to cause heart disease, as people with diabetes have a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack and stroke.

Moreover, people with diabetes have also a higher risk of blindness and other vision problems as well as kidney failure.
Therefore, we believe, it is paramount for authorities to provide adequate and relevant education on the deadly affliction.
Sufficient resources must be allocated to ensure all our citizens have access to screening for diabetes.

Information on therapeutic initiatives must also be readily available so as to improve national wellness, which in turn guarantees productivity and economic development.

Post a comment