In a camp organised to give information and encourage young people living with type-1 diabetes, coordinated by Dr Olubiyi Adesina, the former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo said he has been managing diabetes for more 35 years.
Obasanjo said diabetes is not a killer diseases as long as those living with it can go everywhere they need to go with their medicines, and use it at the right time. He said he is still as energetic as ever even though he is now over 80 yearls old. He also stressed the need to strictly follow doctor’s prescription.
He said: “I have been diagnosed with diabetes for more than 35 years now and here I am, I’m still going about, I’m still jumping up and down, I’m still doing many things many people of my age cannot do.
“Since I was diagnosed with diabetes, a number of my friends have died and the reason is that they just did not manage their diabetes the way they should manage it.
“It does not matter whether you are type one or type two, so far there is no cure for diabetes, maybe there will be a cure before I die, but I pray that there will be a cure before you die.
“You have to understand the type of food you should eat, you must completely abstain from sugar. The number of carbohydrates that you take must be watched.
“Don’t miss your drugs, in your own case, your insulin injection, I take my drugs along with me everywhere I go and I always check my blood sugar level regularly.
“Don’t let anybody put fear in your minds, diabetes, has no cure for now, but it can be managed.”