Nigerians have been enjoined to go for regular medical check-ups to know their blood sugar level in order to prevent diabetes.
A medical doctor, Williams Afolabi gave the advice while speaking with Radio Nigeria in Ado-Ekiti on the commemoration of World Diabetes Day.
Dr Afolabi said anyone with frequent urination, abnormal thirst and hunger, boils and itching on some parts of the body as well as erection dysfunction should contact a medical practitioner for a proper diagnosis of diabetes.
The medical doctor said anyone whose parents are living with diabetes, those who eat too much carbohydrate, obese people, those with high blood pressure and pregnant women with gestational diabetes could develop diabetes.
He emphasized that diabetes could lead to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves, teeth as well as feet, hence the need to eat more protein, engage in exercise and avoid alcohol.
According to International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects one in ten people worldwide; stressing that understanding the condition is the first step towards managing and preventing it.
World Diabetes Day is celebrated every November 14, and the theme for this year is “Education to protect tomorrow”.