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Word Diabetes Day: 2.1 Million women die of diabetes yearly

14 November 2017

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

The experts made the assertion at a Capacity Building Workshop on Diabetes for Health Journalist in Lagos ahead of the 2017 World Diabetes Day. At present, there is no cure for diabetes.

November 14 is observed annually as World Diabetes Day to promote awareness about the illness along with access to right treatment and care. Your diet and lifestyle habits play a major role in diabetes management as the food you eat has a direct impact on your blood sugar levels.

However, diabetes sufferers can't self-regulate in this way, leaving them at risk of hypoglycaemia (a "hypo") if their blood sugar levels fall too low, usually because they have taken too much insulin or haven't eaten enough food.

Dr Ifedayo Odeniyi, an Endocrinologist and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, explains that diabetes is a problem with the body's handling of glucose. When their blood sugar levels are too high, they can suffer from hyperglycaemia (a "hyper").

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The symptoms are caused by high levels of glucose remaining in the blood, where it can not be used as energy.

Odeniyi added: "The body needs glucose for energy for us to move around, eyes to see, brain to function and for every part of the body to function well".

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin to control the amount of glucose, or sugar, in the blood.

It develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin.

The distinction lies in what is causing the lack of insulin - often described as the key, that allows glucose to unlock the door to the cells.

"Some people's body may not be producing insulin at all, as in those that have Type 1 diabetes".

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Often considered to be an age-related ailment victimising people above 65 years-old, it can also become severe, thereby requiring insulin shots to keep sugar levels in check. As per a study, approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. But diabetic women have a hard time in conceiving babies.

"We hear that the diet for people with diabetes should be beans, unripe plantain and wheat".

"There are so many diets but none specific for diabetes; in which ever environment one is, use the food that is culturally accepted to the patient to manage the person".

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For their study, the team used an animal model and examined rats with type 2 diabetes who were fed very low calorie diets, defined as one quarter the normal take. An even bigger problem is diabetes during pregnancy or uncontrolled diabetes before pregnancy - one is seven births is affected by gestational diabetes.

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Word Diabetes Day: 2.1 Million women die of diabetes yearly