From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna
An American based Clinical Dietician, Mrs. Adekemi Adejare has called on Nigerians to pay attention to eating portion saying “portion control, moderation, getting more water, making sure they eat more fibres in your diet is the first step to check the diabetes menace.”
She stated this during the launching of her book; “West African: Diet for Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes” held in Kaduna yesterday.
Adejare said that lots of people don’t believe that when they eat too much food it leads to obesity, and obesity leads to diabetes; adding that these were the things people need to pay attention to.
“I am not saying don’t eat your food, but pay attention to eating portion. Portion control, moderation, getting more water, making sure you eat more fibres in your diet. Cutting down in the amount of salt and sodium, cutting down on the amount of sugary things you eat and drink.
“Lots of people drink their calories. Empty calories are gotten from Coke, and even juice. When you drink two glasses of juice and not eating is empty calory,” she cautioned.
According to her, what inspired her to write the book stems from passion especially seeing lots of people dying about diabetes.
Secondly, she said it was because she needed to help a girlfriend’s mother, and did not want her to go into dialysis or end up having problems of complications of eye disease and amputation of her leg.
She informed that the book is designed as a simple guide for the general population, especially those that have diabetes to help control their blood sugar.
In her welcome address, the Chairman Local Organizing Committee on presentation of the book, Mrs. Mary Aliu, said the uniqueness of the book is the ethnocentric approach by the authour to the matter of diabetic dieting and nutrition.
According to her, it is a common misconception that people with diabetes need special nutrients, these may not be applicable in all cases, as the foods that are nutritious for everyone are just as essential for a diabetic person as for the non-diabetics.