As the world marks the 2016 Diabetes Day, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC and the Standards Organization of Nigeria, SON as well as other regulatory bodies have been urged to take more proactive measures to regulate the use of sugar and other sweeteners in the production of edible goods that appeal mostly to children.
Speaking on this year’s World Diabetes Day, a medical expert, Professor Peter Katchy, who listed beverages, biscuits, candies and other snacks among the edibles urged parents to regulate their families’ sugar in-take to save children from the risk of diabetes.
Professor Katchy noted that in the past ten years, Nigerian markets have continued to be flooded with sugar-based drinks and other products made with sweeteners in various colours and flavours that appeal to children and warned that if not checked, some of the children would suffer the debilitating effect of diabetes including infertility, sight problems, heart, kidney and reproductive organ damages among others.
He lamented that every week, diabetes leads to one hundred and forty cases of lower limb amputation, one thousand, four hundred cases of heart failures and over five hundred and forty cases of stroke.
Professor Katchy enjoined people to promote healthy life styles by exercising regularly, avoiding excessive intake of sugar that would raise level of glucose that would adversely affect insulin secretion capacity as well as eat food rich in fiber.
A nurse, Mrs. Ijeoma Ezekoba, enjoined people to maintain regular check of their sugar level and avoid self-medication so as not to induce health complications.