According to Dr Andrew Suleh MD, (a Board Chair Health Rights Advocacy Forum / Renal Physician /head medical KPL), type 2 Diabetes is on the rise in the Sub Saharan Africa. This is courtesy of sedentary life styles, fast junk foods, sugary foods and drinks, alcohol and stress of modern living. Good food choices and adequate exercises is all you need to avoid belly fat and its attendant evils like NCDs especially Diabetes.
Food has become a big industry ranging from the sales around construction sites ,fast food outlets to the super market shelves, with problems of poor hygiene to sugary fattening junky foods the harbinger of NCDs, diabetes. Media has a huge role to play… They must strike a balance between making a kill from the adverts of the unhealthy junk foods and drinks and the danger caused to the health of our children by such foods and drinks.
Religion is also an issue because people still take healthcare advise to be less superior or important as compared to religion. For example, during the Month of Ramadhan, The charity, Diabetes UK, advises people with existing diabetic complications not to fast. Other people which may be exempt from fasting include pregnant women, the elderly and those suffering an illness. This is not always adhered to by the pious.
A decade ago, diseases such as cancer and diabetes were labeled western or white mans illness. Toady, our news covers more health issues than it can talk of development. Where did we go wrong?