The former president, who led hundreds of people on road walk for
diabetes awareness in Abeokuta, revealed that he was diagnosed of
diabetes over 30 years ago but said the condition has not affected his
daily functions because of efficient management of it, exercise and
strict adherence to prescribed drugs for Diabetes.
He added that his primary school Headmaster was also diagnosed of
diabetes at 50 but managed to live up to 85 years, following proper
management of the ailment.
According to him, diabetes does not kill if well managed, but only
bares its fangs and kills those who do not give a damn about it.
Obasanjo who was joined in the road walk by the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba
AbdulRasheed Akanbi from Osun State, the Ogun State Commissioner for
Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, and members of the Diabetes Association of
Nigeria (DAN), lamented that many of the nation’s youth rarely exercise
to remain fit.
urged Nigerians, particularly those living with diabetes, to engage in
regular exercise, use prescribed drugs faithfully and watch their diet
to avoid being knocked down by diabetic disease.