Ex-Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that he has been battling diabetes for the past 35 years now.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Ogun State Diabetes Youth Development Camp in Abeokuta, in Ogun State on Wednesday recorded by Theinfogh.com, Obasanjo indicated his effective management of the illness is the reason he is still alive as his friends who were diagnosed with the illness have died.
He expressed hope that the cure for the illness will be found soon before he dies although it is a fact that diabetes has no cure for now.
In his words,
“I have been diagnosed of diabetes for more than 35 years now and here I am, still going about, I’m still jumping up and down, I’m still doing many things many people of my age cannot do. Since I was diagnosed of diabetes, a number of my friends have d*ed and the reason is because they just did not manage their diabetes the way they should manage it.
It does not matter whether you are type one or type two, so far there is no cure for Diabetes, maybe there will be cure before I de. But, I pray that there will be cure before you de. You have to understand the type of food you should eat, you must completely abstain from sugar. The amount of carbohydrates that you take must be watched.
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.”