Obasanjo urges patients to consider the food they eat, regular exercise and the prescribed medications.
The former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that Diabetes can only be deadly when it’s been mismanaged by the affected person, during a road walk organized by the Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN), South-West zone and the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), to mark the 2017 World Diabetes Day.
The Ex-President disclosed that he was diagnosed of the ailment and had lived for over 30 years since then. He added that the disease can only kill when the carrier is careless, by not considering the 3 things below;
(1) The food to eat
(2) Regular exercise
(3) Prescribed medications
“What to do is that if you’re diabetic don’t be nonchalant about it and don’t eat carelessly. Three things are important, the food you eat, regular exercise and prescribed medication, those are the three most important things.
You can be diabetic and still live till 100. I don’t know when I will die but I am above 80 and many youth could not catch up with my pace during the exercise this morning. Many of them were running after me.
This is my message. Whether you’re diabetic or you have a family or friend who is diabetic; diabetes is not a killer disease or it should not be a killer disease unless you are careless,” Obasanjo advised.
Again, he said: “Diabetes is not a disease that should kill. I was diagnosed to be diabetic more than 30 years ago but rather I am growing stronger.
My headmaster in primary school was diagnosed at the age of 50 and died at age 85; you will agree with me that he tried.”
Obasanjo was the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).