Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo revealed that he has been suffering from deadly diabetes for over 35 years and that he has been able to manage it.
He disclosed this on Wednesday at the closing ceremony of the Ogun State Diabetes Youth Development Camp held in Abeokuta.
According to Obasanjo, he had been diagnosed with diabetes for more than 35 years and that he is still going about and jumping up and down.
“I’m still doing many things many people of my age cannot do. Since I was diagnosed with diabetes, a number of my friends have died and the reason is that they just did not manage their diabetes the way they should manage it,” he said in a report by The Punch.
According to him, it did not matter whether one has type one or type two diabetes as there is no cure for the disease so far.
“There is no cure for diabetes, maybe there will be a cure before I die, but I pray that there will be a cure before you die,” he said.
Obasanjo explained that those suffering from diabetes had to understand the type of food they should eat, urging them to completely abstain from sugar, as well as watch the number of carbohydrates they consume.
“Don’t miss your drugs, in your own case, your insulin injection, I take my drugs along with me everywhere I go and I always check my blood sugar level regularly. Don’t let anybody put fear in your minds, diabetes, has no cure for now, but it can be managed,” he stated.