Years ago, diabetes mellitus(DM) was regarded as a disease of the affluent, the rich in the society. Today, the picture has changed. The poor, rich, middle class, youths, middle aged, elderly and even children are now being afflicted by DM.
By the year 2013, about 371 million people in the world were living with DM and about 5 million Nigerians were affected. Prevalence of DM in Nigeria varies depending on the locality…. low in the rural areas (0.6% in rural Mangu in the North) but 6.8% and 11.0% in Portharcourt and Lagos respectively. The prevalence of DM worldwide is increasing and it is projected by the World Health Organization (WHO) that 552 million people will be living with DM by 2030.
With this scenario, a battle line is drawn between DM, obesity, hypertension, cancers and other non-communicable diseases on one side versus the rest of us. We cannot fold our arms and pretend that nothing is going on wrong.
On our side, we need a TEAM. A formidable team, indeed, with the following team players to be recruited:
1. People living with diabetes
2. Caregivers of people living with diabetes
3. First degree relatives of people living with diabetes
4. People rendered fatherless or and motherless by diabetes mellitus
5. Health care professionals – which includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists etc
6. Pharmaceutical companies
7. Government of the day
8. The rest of the population who are without diabetes now.
This blog – www.diabetesxperts.com – is born out of a necessity to serve as the COACH of the proposed team. To equip the team with all it takes to:
a. Prevent diabetes mellitus
b. Live and age gracefully with DM and
c. Have a much less turbulent journey living with DM.
I will conclude this opening post of the blog by saying:
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones to make a brighter day
So, let’s start giving!!
I am convinced that as a TEAM, we will win the battle over diabetes mellitus. Yes, together we can!