Dietary condiments and natural products such as locust bean could be used to lower the body’s blood glucose level, especially in people with diabetes, says Oluyemi Akinloye, a consultant endocrinologist.
Akinloye, of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, made this known in an interview with NAN.
He spoke on the occasion of the 2017 World Diabetes Day with theme ‘Women and Diabetes- Our Right to a Healthy Future’.
He said: “Keeping the blood glucose level can be achieved with change of lifestyle which would include consistent body exercise, healthy diet and use of glucose lowering drugs as well as natural condiments.
“Our research group has also discovered several dietary condiments and natural products that can lower blood glucose.
“Some of these are locust bean ” Iru” (Pakia Biglobosa), eggplant (Solanum melongena/Solalnium fruits) and African basil (Ocimum Gratissimum Linn).
“Diabetes poses severe health consequences; it affects both men and women. The primary target in the treatment of diabetes is to keep the blood glucose level normal in both men and women.”
Speaking on this year’s theme, he said:“Globally, it is estimated that 199 million women are currently living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
“Based on this year’s theme which is focusing on women and diabetes, two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide.
“Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to developing gestational diabetes and unfortunately, gestational diabetes is on the increase with its accompanying consequences.
“The theme is timely and of high resolution because many of our women still do not have access to timely healthcare.”
He said gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is when a pregnant woman, who has not had a history of having diabetes prior to becoming pregnant, is diagnosed at 24 weeks to have very high blood sugar.
“In Nigeria, it is estimated that one out seven births is affected by gestational diabetes,” he said.
“This is huge and calls for global attention especially as it is a severe and neglected threat to maternal and child health.”
According to him, diabetes has grave consequences for pregnancy if it is not properly managed.
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