For the past 35 years, I’ve been managing diabetes in this manner – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has spoken out about his 35-year battle with diabetes. Obasanjo bemoaned the fact that several of his acquaintances had died of diabetes as a result of their inability to control the disease. This was said by the former president during the concluding ceremony of the Ogun State Diabetes Youth Development Camp in Abeokuta on Wednesday. While giving advice to the young patients, Obasanjo stated that diabetes is not a fatal disease.
He claimed that he carried his medications and testing equipment everywhere with him to ensure that his blood sugar level was correct. He emphasized that despite being diabetes, he was over 80 years old and could participate in any activity. The former president, on the other hand, advised the young patients to follow the disease-management instructions given to them.
“I’ve had diabetes for over 35 years and here I am, still going about, still bouncing up and down, still doing many things that many people my age can’t do,” he added. “A number of my friends have died after I was diagnosed with diabetes, and the reason is that they did not manage their diabetes properly. “Whether you have type one or type two diabetes, there is currently no cure. There may be a cure before I die, but I hope there will be a cure before you die. “You must comprehend the type of food you should consume, and you must absolutely avoid sugar. It’s important to keep track of how many carbohydrates you consume.
“Don’t forget to take your medications, in your instance, your insulin injection; I carry my medications with me wherever I go, and I monitor my blood sugar levels on a frequent basis. “Don’t let anyone scare you; diabetes has no solution at the moment, but it can be managed.” Dr. Olubiyi Adesina, the camp coordinator, stated that the camp was organized to provide knowledge and encouragement to young people living with type 1 diabetes.