Diabetes Mellitus: About 8.3 percent Ghanaians are living with diabetes.
Diabetes Mellitus: Dr. Zuleila Fuseini, a physician specialist at the International Maritime Hospital (IMaH) in Tema, reported that 8.3 percent of the country’s population, or 2.4 million Ghanaians, suffer from diabetes.
“This means that there is a chance that eight out of every hundred people will have diabetes, which is quite a bad thing to say,” she said.
She cited data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showing that there are around 422 million diabetics worldwide, the majority of whom reside in low- and middle-income nations, and that diabetes is directly responsible for 1.5 million fatalities annually.
She noted that over the past few decades, both the prevalence and the number of cases of diabetes have been gradually rising.
In his weekly speech entitled “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility! An effort of the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency aimed at encouraging health-related communication and creating a forum for the dissemination of health information to impact individuals’ personal health decisions through better health literacy.
The public health advocacy platform “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility” was created by the Ghana News Agency’s Tema Regional Office to look at the elements of four different health communication strategies: informing, instructing, convincing, and promoting.
Speaking on “Diabetes Mellitus,” Dr. Fuseini voiced alarm that the condition was spreading throughout the nation, mostly because Ghanaians live sedentary lifestyles.
Diabetes, according to Dr. Fuseini, is a chronic metabolic condition marked by increased blood glucose levels (also known as blood sugar levels), which over time cause major harm to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
According to her, type two diabetes, which often affects adults, is the most prevalent and is brought on when the body either stops producing enough insulin or becomes resistant to it.
“Type two diabetes prevalence has increased significantly during the past three decades in nations of all income levels.
According to her, type one diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic disease in which the pancreas generates little or no insulin on its own.
“Access to inexpensive treatment, particularly insulin, is essential to the survival of persons with diabetes. By 2025, there is an internationally agreed-upon goal to stop the worldwide increase in diabetes and obesity.
She said that healthy eating, regular exercise, limiting alcohol use, quitting smoking, and maintaining weight were all preventive measures, adding that the optimum Body Mass Index (BMI) should be between 18 and 25, among other things.
Dr. Fuseini also voiced concern about the fact that, while type one was frequently observed in children and type two was already prevalent in adults, type two was now prominently observed in youngsters.
Mr Francis Ameyibor, Regional Manager of Ghana News Agency in Tema, issued a warning against the rise of sedentary lifestyles and inactivity, which are connected to our current way of life: modes of transportation, working while seated, and other new ways of doing things all suggest that we are less active.
He stressed the need to battle sedentary habits, which have turned into a public health emergency.