Living with and overcoming diabetes can be a tough challenge. Patients with the condition must not only be on medication for life but also pay attention to diet and other lifestyle issues. The quest to overcome the diabetes challenge, however, often makes some patients seek all sorts of cures for the health condition that can indeed only be managed.
Abdulwahab Dauda, a 76-year-old man that has lived with diabetes for 31 years, said having gone the route of trying to get cured, he will advise diabetes patients to forget using concoctions to treat diabetes. According to him, taking concoctions, urine and other substances to cure diabetes is a waste of time and money. LARA ADEJORO reports:
Mr. Abduwahab Dauda was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 1990, at the Nigerian Ports Authority Clinic and he was immediately referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, for further medical treatment.
He has spent over three decades living with the condition.
He vividly recalls the day he got his diagnosis. “Then, it was a urine test they did; the technology has improved,” he said.
Dauda, who was still in active service at the NPA, became overly concerned because he didn’t know what diabetes was. Although he immediately commenced his medical treatment, his desperation for a cure made him take “all manner of concoctions and substances,” including his urine.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.
Speaking with PUNCH HealthWise, the 76-year-old man recalled that his mother had diabetes.
“Some of my mother’s family members had it too. There was nothing like a glucometer then but I was given drugs for free because of the condition of service in NPA. Up till this moment, I still take free drugs.
“Ignorantly, I was using all manner of things because I didn’t understand what diabetes was. Gradually, I began to reduce in stature, size; I was urinating excessively.
“I spent a lot of money just because I was desperately looking for a cure. In fact, at a point, I was taking my urine, just because I didn’t know what diabetes was.
“But all along, I was seriously sick because the environment I was living in wasn’t conducive for me until I relocated. Relocating to where I stay now helped me a lot and from then, my health began to improve.
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