A pharmacist, Oluseyi Adenowo said that about five million Nigerians are diabetic and another nine million have prediabetes .
Mr Adenowo is also a diabetes advocate who made the disclosure in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria to commemorate the ‘Diabetes Awareness Week 2020’.
The Diabetes Awareness week is marked from June 8 to June 14 every year, to raise awareness about the disease.
He described diabetes as the fastest growing non-communicable disease of the 21st century, which he said had no cure but could be prevented or managed.
According to him, there are two types of diabetes; type1 and type2, which are common among young, middle and aged people.
Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a disease that prevents your body from properly using the energy from the food you eat.
He also said Millions of Nigerians are affected by diabetes and many of them do not know about it until they enter the complication stage, hence the need for awareness.
According to the International Diabetes Federation Atlas 2019, about five million Nigerians are diabetic and another nine million have prediabetes.