Experts Advise Students on Dangers of Diabetes Mellitus
Students of Covenant University have been advised to eat healthy and take time to exercise to prevent Diabetes Mellitus in line with the focus of the World Diabetes Day 2015.
A Consultant Endocrinologist at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. (Mrs.) Aramide Adediran, gave the advice while addressing the students at a seminar organised to mark the World Diabetes Day 2015 at the University campus on November 14, 2015.
Dr. Adediran explained the two main forms of diabetes mellitus, that is, Type 1, where the body is unable to produce the hormone insulin, and Type 2, the case where the body is unable to use insulin effectively. She added that the Type 2 is the most common around the world. “Refrain from eating junk and processed foods as much as possible. Eat vegetables, fresh fruits, and avoid alcohol and smoking,” she advised.
Mrs. Iyabo Lawal, an in-house Nutritionist at the Covenant University Health Centre, also corroborated Dr. Adediran. She enjoined the audience to stay away from starchy foods and ensure regular exercise; at least 30 minutes a day. “Diabetes has no cure but can be managed,” she added.
The Dean of Students, Dr. Zacchaeus Omogbadegun, in his remarks noted that the programme was organised to create awareness among the student populace, of the need to modify their lifestyle to avoid the risk of diabetes.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Covenant University Health Centre, Dr. Chidiebere Anigbogu, remarked that the programme was an opportunity to teach people how to live healthy. He said that medical officers pay too much attention to treating patients rather than teaching them the way to live healthy.
Dr. Anigbogu informed the audience that the Health Centre now organises what he called “Well Students,” every Saturday where they are taught how to manage any condition. He enjoined them to attend the programme and cooperate with the doctors in order to get the best of treatment.