To mark the 2017 World Diabetes Day in Aboekuta, Ogun State, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday revealed how he managed diabetes for thirty years. The 80-year-old former president disclosed that he was medically fit because he ‘religiously kept to his medication and was mindful of what he consumed’. Olusegun Obasanjo reveals he has diabetes.
Obasanjo made this known during a road-walk organized by the South West Zone of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) in collaboration with the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.
Olusegun Obasanjo reveals he has diabetes
He said, “I am fit because I religiously follow my medications and watch what I eat and drink. This must be a caution for all of us. I don’t know when I would die but I am above 80 and many of you can’t even beat me to the exercise this morning. Many of you were running after me.
“Diabetes is not a disease that should kill. I was diagnosed to be diabetic more than 30 years ago but rather I am growing stronger. If you don’t believe I am growing strong and you didn’t witness this walk, come and see me at night, you will know I am growing strong. Come and see me in the morning, you will know I am growing strong, even in the afternoon; you will know I am growing strong.
“What is necessary is management of diabetes. Some people said some diseases are incurable but diabetes is manageable and compliant. My headmaster in primary school was diagnosed at the age of 50 and died at age 85; you will agree with me that he tried. What to do is that if you’re diabetic don’t be nonchalant about it and don’t eat carelessly. Three things are important, the food you eat, regular exercise and prescribed medication, those are the three most important things.
“You can be diabetic and still live till 100. I don’t know when I will die but I am above 80 and many youth could not catch up with my pace during the exercise this morning. Many of them were running after me. This is my message. Whether you’re diabetic or you have a family or friend who is diabetic; diabetes is not a killer disease or it should not be a killer disease unless you are careless,” the former President added.