World Diabetes Day was commemorated on November 14 and Amore Media under the aegis of Amore Health is raising awareness about the number 6 killer disease in the world and the subtle manner in which this disease is cutting short lives in their prime and throwing families and loved ones into anguish and loss.
According to the Ministry of Health, one in every 11 adults has diabetes and up to half of these are not diagnosed.
“Yearly there are five million diabetes and diabetes related deaths and every 10 seconds a limb is amputated due to diabetes,” the Minster of Health, Isaac Adewole says.
“In fact, diabetes is now the most common cause of lower extremity amputation, the first or second commonest cause of end stage renal disease in most centres worldwide and is one of the commonest causes of blindness.”
Sadly, diabetes is no longer a disease of the old or elderly. It can and does affect teenagers, children and even new born.
Diabetes is simply a disease condition that results from high blood sugar levels and result from the body’s (pancreas) inability to produce enough insulin or any insulin to convert the blood sugars into energy that body cells need.
There are two major types of diabetes; the Type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes which develops when the body’s immune system, due to a condition generally referred to as an auto-immune disease, destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas and prevents the body from making any insulin. People living with this condition therefore require constant shots of insulin to enable the body utilise its blood sugar and maintains it at a healthy level.
Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of diabetes and occurs when the body is unable to properly make or utilise insulin. You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are 45 or older, have a family history of diabetes or are overweight.
There are numerous misconceptions about diabetes including the consumption of sweet foods and pastries, the consumption of carbohydrate foods and the causative factors or risk factors that predispose one to the onset of the disease.
And while diabetes is incurable and is very costly to manage, little health pointers will usually be able to prevent more deaths from the condition if people were aware of them.
In a series of videos and with a short documentary, Amore Health seeks to educate the general public to counter general myth and misconceptions about the disease to decrease the fatalities resulting from the illness.
1) Full length video: https://youtu.be/k64DZLi26Io
A short film on diabetes that draws attention to the 6th leading cause of death in Nigeria. The short film speaks to facts on the disease, story of loss, nutrition, health tips and living well (preventative measures). Education is wealth. Stay Informed. Stay Healthy.
2) Intro: https://youtu.be/gT3GRcfo7n4
Amoré Health Presents: Sugar High Sugar Low: Facts about Diabetes
3) Baba: https://youtu.be/xWo0sgVPnvQ
An interactive interview with Baba on living with Diabetes and the joys of exercising.
4) Vox Pop: https://youtu.be/ElgHTabRIMg
Vox PoP video aimed at debunking the myth of Diabetes.
5) Story of Loss: https://youtu.be/LyVtvABvuOc
Intimate interviews with people who have lost a loved one to Diabetes.
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