By Syn Osuchukwu
Most Nigerians are known for self-medication. Telling some Nigerians to visit the hospital for a routine check-up attracts answers like ‘I will go when I am sick’ or ‘only sick people visit the hospital’. Most people have no idea what sugar level is. Sicknesses like diabetes and cancer have been attributed to the plus size people. Well, if you fall into that category, you might want to change your mantra.
New research has shown that slim people-(thin in fact) stand the same chance of coming down with diabetes as plus sized people!
Lead investigator Dr Arch Mainous III from the University of Florida said: ‘We have an epidemic of diabetes right now in both thin and obese people and diabetes prevention is a key strategy to try to stem that tide. The problem is the tipping point at which their weight makes them vulnerable to developing diabetes varies from person to person. It has nothing to do with if you are fat or slim’.
He said some people are genetically more prone to put on weight around their middle, liver and pancreas than they are to store it under the skin and that makes them more prone to diabetes.
Which brings me to the question: When last did you check your sugar level?
When unhealthy fat is stored in the liver and pancreas – where insulin is made – it interferes with the body’s ability to metabolise sugar. WHO estimates that around 200,000 Nigerians people have the condition without realising , and on average people will have symptoms for ten years before being diagnosed.
Symptoms of diabetes include blurred vision or even heart disease.
Get checked today!