Experts suggest daily Practical steps to prevent diabetes, hypertension

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Health  Experts advise Nigerians to engage in consistent physical exercise to help prevent and reduce the alarming rates of hypertension, diabetes and cancer.

They made this known at the press conference organised by a pharmaceutical company, Mega Lifesciences,to commemorate this year’s World Diabetes Day in Lagos with the theme: “Access to Diabetes Care; If Not Now, When?”

World Diabetes Day is celebrated globally every 14th of November.

One of the speakers at the event was a Professor of Endocrinology at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Olufemi Fasanmade.

The Health academician advised Nigerians to be more active, keep slim and fit  to remain healthy and alive.

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Prof Fasanmade said: “The first thing to do, is to move; it’s very cheap.”He warned that sedentary lifestyle is as deadly as smoking or drinking.

He further advised people to take advantage of the step counter which is available on many smartphones and which measures the number of steps one takes daily.

Fasanmade said: “We should make about 10,000 steps per day to keep hypertension, diabetes and cancer away. So you can do three in one; physical activity.”

The endocrinologist revealed that only a little number of people who are symptomatic, that many diabetic Patients do not manifest symptoms.

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