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World Diabetes Day – Group task Nigerians to healthy foods

Grace Semudara
As part of effort to commemorate the  world Diabetes day, the Institute of Dietetics in Nigeria (IDN) Abuja chapter in collaboration with the Civil Society  Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria CS-SUNN  (FCT chapter) has urged the general public to prioritize their wellbeing by improving their feeding habits.
This was mentioned at the 2021 world diabetes day celebration at kunchigoro Abuja.
While enlightening  the members of the public present, a fellow from the institute for dietetics in Nigeria, Mrs Sara Nnaye Abagai emphasized on the harmful effects of refined food.
She urged the public to consume more traditional meal as it is safer healthwise.
” Our diet in this country has changed significantly over the years, we use to have what we call the traditional diet where we eat stuffs like whole food such as plain grain diet, plant based diet, with just a little oil and also little animal product from time to time,   and people were not living with diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and the rest of them.”
Abagai advised people from family with history of diabetes to start modifying their diet  early as the disease is hereditary.
She stated that there is need to engage in regular  exercises and also to ensure that the body is not in sedentary position.
 In her lecture the Head Nutrition and Dietetics Unit FCT Kulu Wakili, identified the major cause of diabetes as well as the symptoms.
She alluded that diabetes majorly and widely is caused by poor diet and lack of proper nutrition,
“Diabetes can be adequately prevented if every meal contains the right proportion of nutrients when cooking.
The  public need to consume  more vegetables in every meal as they  have  the needed vitamins to fight against diseases in the body.”
Kulu said that diabetes if not promptly detected could lead to other defects in the body system.
She urged the people present to regularly go for check up at the hospital to know the state of their body.
Meanwhile, Ngozika Ogbona the Coordinator of FCT  CS – SUNN chapter advised the residents to always make good choices in term of food consumption and also engage in regular exercise.
” The event is to raise awareness on the need for  people  to check on their diabetes status at everypoint in time.
Every individual should also learn how  to improve on their health,  as well as feeding patterns and behaviours.  We need to be more conscious of our food choices”.
The  event which was graced by both old and young residents of the kunchigoro community ended with health check and treatment of ailments of those present at the outreach.

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