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Is Glucotrack the future for non invasive glucose monitoring.

In examples of amazing medical innovations to behold is Glucotrack.

GlucoTrack uses ultrasonic, electromagnetic and thermal technologies to non-invasively measure glucose levels in the blood.

The device is battery-operated and includes a Main Unit (UMU), which contains display and control features, as well as transmitter, receiver and processor, and a Personal Ear Clip (PEC), which contains sensors and calibration electronics, and is clipped to the earlobe.

The device is small, light and easy to handle.

The equipment which is still in registration process will relieve the pressure of needle pricks and jabs.

More about the equipment from integrity application can be found here

Diabetes Cure: Prospect or Sham


On the 29th of January,2016 The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community coordinated its monthly tweetchat centered around creating a platform for People living with diabetes in Nigeria to interact with an overall aim of creating a social peer support.

The monthly #diabetes tweetchat – first of its kind in Africa has participants from all over Nigeria and Africa.

Below are some highlights of the chats.










Do join us on the 26th of February, 2016 (every last Friday of the month) to participate.

If you have topics you want raised do email us on thengdoc(at)gmail(dot)com.

Can Probiotics Reverse Diabetes?


Sometimes ago we got an email from someone explaining the health benefits of probiotics in diabetes reversal.

He claimed probiotics when combined with other essential components can cause a reversal of diabetes.

In as much as we know that a cure or reversal of diabetes isn’t established yet, we still decided to dig further into verifying his claims.

So we started by finding out what probiotics are:

Probiotics are live bacteria that naturally occur in certain foods—from fermented vegetables, to live-cultured yogurt.

Researchers have studied probiotics to find out whether they might help prevent or treat a variety of health problems, including:

Digestive disorders such as diarrhea caused by infections.
Allergic disorders such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
Tooth decay and other oral health problems.
The common cold

According to  “Probiotics and Diabetes Mellitus” a research article published from K. Naydenov at Trakia University, Bulgaria:

The pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus is complex and one of the factors implemented is the oxidative stress. Probiotic-containing foods have been reported to suppress oxidative stress. L. acidophillus and L. casei also attenuate oxidative stress and are believed to have antidiabetic effects.

Also an article excerpt from completely analysed the claims of a breakthrough discovery in probiotics ‘curing’ Type 1and Type 2 diabetes mellitus by a research from Cornell University in the US.

Although the research highlighted will not provide an immediate cure for people living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, but it’s very interesting nevertheless.

The study was focused on rats, and at that stage it is too early to say if the probiotic used would have the same benefits in humans, or if it could become a routine treatment for diabetes in humans.

Years of further research using animal models and clinical trials in humans will be needed before we will know if this treatment could benefit people living with diabetes.

Without further research, we do not know if this approach could potentially replace or work in combination with existing therapies for people living with diabetes.

It is important to note that, in people with Type 1 diabetes, insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are targeted and destroyed by an immune attack. If this approach were used to engineer new insulin-producing gut cells in people with Type 1, these cells could also be targeted by the immune system – so this would need to be monitored closely.

According to this article on Diabetes UK page until further research has been completed, the best way to manage diabetes is by taking existing medications prescribed by your doctor, and maintaining a healthy weight by following a healthy balanced diet and taking regular exercise.

Although claims of cure has been a major influencer of late presentations at hospitals and increased complication in Nigeria, we believe that Africa has been endowed with natural remedies that if researched into may provide outstanding breakthroughs.

We hope government, corporate organizations and individuals will invest in such researches.

Please feel free to drop your comments or suggestions in the comment section below.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Happy 2016


Season’s Greetings,

It is with great joy I congratulate us all on a successful out gone year and anticipate a greater and fulfilling 2016 ahead.

Looking at the achievements we had in the past years, we can’t but extend our profound gratitude to our partners,directors and our over 30 amiable volunteers whose activities pro-buono keeps us going.

Thank you all for investing your excellent spirits in ensuring a better life for people living with diabetes.

In a chaotic world marred by  religious extremism, wars, gender inequalities, natural and man-made disasters, communicable diseases, we at NGdoc remain resolute at making the world a better place for people living with diabetes one step at a time.

Through the wonderful support of our partners and commitment of our volunteers we have become one of the foremost youth led diabetes organizations locally and globally.

As we start the new year I wish us all a more fulfilling and rewarding year ahead in all our endeavors.

Your continual support, partnership and encouragement is highly solicited as we unveil our activities for the new year.

2016 is a year of more social peer support engagements with more national influence on policies and diabetes care.

My Co-Founder and I have personally committed as part of our new year resolution to raise funds to support diabetes awareness and care for NGdoc and T1International – a non governmental organization whose charity activities have influenced advocacy and T1 care in resource poor settings.

This fund will be committed to advocacy, access to essential medicine, diabetes awareness and care in resource poor settings, and importantly locally inspired diabetes research works.

So when we come to your door for your support ; please let us join hands in saving the world together.

Thank you

Adejumo Olamide Hakeem,
The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community.

NGDOC partners with OOUTH and Penpals United to initiate support group for Nigerian CWDs


The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community in collaboration with The Pediatric Endocrinology department of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital partnered with Penpals United – an organization that offers online support groups and pen-pal opportunities to people with type one diabetes around the globe towards the first online social peer support group for children living with diabetes in Nigeria.


The partnership ushers in the first online social support group for children living with diabetes in Nigeria with the aim of creating a platform for the empowerment of the children and support for their diabetes management and care through help with insulin access, mentoring and penpal.


The pioneer meeting that centered on introduction, understanding living with diabetes  in Nigeria and Q & A section, had in attendance Jack Terschluse –  founder of Penpal United, Dr Mrs. Fetuga (Head of department of the pediatric department at the University and Consultant Pediatric Endocrinology), Doctors Adekoya, Obadina and Adebola from the teaching hospital in attendance.


If you know any child living with diabetes and wish to join our subsequent periodic meetings , please feel free to reach on thengdoc(at)gmail(dot)com.


If you’re interested in partnering with us to ensure steady supplies of insulin, consumables and glucometers are available to our CWDs please do reach us.

A huge thanks to the medical team of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Penpals United, T1International, Access Alliance, Marjorie Funds, Cajsa Lindberg and Cherise Shockley for the support towards making this a reality.

2015 Annual World Diabetes Day Essay Competition (Winner)



As I grab my pen
Pictures, graphs and texts run through my mind
The pain of three hundred and forty-seven million children, women and men
Is extremely difficult to comprehend
Type one, type two and gestational
Others are unclassified
The wrath of diabetes mellitus is intentional
A chronic illness characterized
When the body screams for insulin
And the pancreas cannot produce
At all or enough insulin
So much pain is induced
Oh! What a malady
This disaster has come to ruin!
Playing the lives of humans like a symphony
Oh! Diabetes is so brute
Men and women un-exempted
Young and old
All included
Cruel, sharp and bold
It fights the brain, the heart
The eyes, kidneys and nerves are not spared
Sleeping and waking with fearful tears
Come to my rescue!
I can hear the voices
Of those with this issue
Let us wake from our trances
To help change the present
Eat regular meals based on starchy foods
Go for the ones with high fiber content
Let olive oil be the oil to cook
Let your choice be low fat yoghurt
May you opt for skimmed milk too
Fruits and vegetables, five daily portions
Cut down on your sugar, salt and alcohol
Check your fasting blood sugar as often as possible
Non-adherence to these should be annulled
Oral drugs, injectable and inhaled insulin is available
Let us take our clubs and daggers
To kill this beast called diabetes
Not another life will it endanger
We shall prevent, treat and manage it
Thirty minutes of moderate exercises daily
Healthy diet and adequate sleep
All of these will reduce the incidence drastically
And right now
At this juncture
You and I will get involved
In changing the present for a brighter future

Ajibade-Azeez Adenike
2015 Winning Essay

2015 Annual World Diabetes Day Essay Competition (2nd Place)


Diabetes Mellitus : Changing the present for a bright future

At first Ikenna thought he had begun to see double.
He was sitting in his shop thumbing through a wad of money and it seemed like he could not make out the Naira sign.

He had been feeling like this recently, and he had chosen to ignore it. The last time, he was at Mama Queen’s bar with his friends and he was joking about how ‘African man no dey sick’ when one of them asked him why he was squinting his eyes.

A week later he would be unable to come to the shop and would be sitting with his wife at a clinic, listening to the doctor tell him that he has diabetes and that his eyesight was failing because of it.

Today Ikenna is blind in one eye and almost blind in the second. With the help of his wife he gets injected with insulin every day, among his other medicines.

Ikenna is just one of many people in Nigeria, and the world at large who have been living with diabetes mellitus but do not know till they develop serious complications.

There are three different kinds of diabetes but Type 2 Diabetes which affects people ranging from 20 to 79 years, occurs in 90% of people in the world.

It presents with no symptoms in the early stages and is usually only detected when complications have arisen. It occurs because the body is either no longer sensitive to insulin- which is a hormone that helps our body to carry the glucose in our food into the tissues that need it, or because the body is not producing enough insulin.

There are many reasons for this and the most obvious are, being overweight and eating unhealthy.
The International Diabetes Federation estimates that in 2013, 381.8 million people in the world had Diabetes with 19.8 million of those people living in Africa.

It is expected that these numbers will increase to 591.9 million people and 41.4 million people respectively, by 2035. The WHO projects that by 2030, diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in the world.

But there is no need for worry. Diabetes can be prevented and with concerted effort we can reduce these projected numbers. Prevention, it is said, is better than cure.

With respect to diabetes prevention, a balanced, healthy diet is important; a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lots of water reduces the risk of diabetes.

Exercise too is a key prevention strategy; 30 minutes a day of walking, every day of the week yields good results. Cutting out on alcohol, smoking and going for regular medical check-ups is a necessity.

Early diagnosis is key in delaying the progression to even more advanced disease.

If Ikenna had known he had diabetes early enough, if he had been well informed about the disease, he probably would not be sitting at home now waiting for his food and medicines, while he ponders over what it would feel like to have perfect vision again.

Ayo Matuluko
(1st Runner-up)

2015 Annual World Diabetes Day Essay Competition (3rd Place)


Diabetes Mellitus: Changing the present for a bright future

Nothing conceals the true meaning of a sweet life like this scourge that creeps along while we inattentively indulge in what we have grown up to believe as life’s true sweetness.

Like trading one’s birth right for porridge, Diabetes Mellitus gives us an inch to take a yard. This, we would not allow.

It starts form our awareness of what Diabetes Mellitus is. It is a disease that results from impaired utilization of glucose and its excess in the blood.

This happens when our pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood glucose or our tissues are resistant to the hormone. These can cause dehydration, weight loss, poor wound healing, lowered immunity and complications to the eyes, kidneys, heart and many more.

This disease is one of those that need our permission to take its course- depending greatly on our lifestyle- what we do today. We must work on eating healthy- taking less sugary beverages and processed (fast) foods but adopt whole grains like wheat, fibres, fruits, vegetables and polyunsaturated fats seen in nuts, vegetables and fish.

This can help to prevent obesity and chronic hyperglycaemia associated with Diabetes.
We have probably heard many times, the need for physical exercise- exercise helps our body’s sensitivity to insulin and put obesity to check. In the same vein, the sedentary living which this modern age is innocently carving out for us must be avoided.

Why don’t you wake up early so you can take a walk to school or work? Or consider tending that land lying fallow as a mini garden? It’s not stress, but a blessing to the body.

Some of our social habits like smoking and taking alcohol do not help our body in the long run.
Early diagnosis helps good management; you can get a glucometer to check your blood glucose level at intervals.
A fasting blood glucose level of 126mg/dl means that your glucose tolerance is impaired and should see a doctor.

A diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus is not the end of a good life. Prompt compliance to medication, good lifestyle changes, proper foot care and good hygiene would yield a healthier living.

If Diabetes Mellitus coexist with hypertension and HIV/AIDS, then these conditions should be well managed.
Why should we allow ourselves to be deceived by the Trojan horse of poor eating habits, sedentary lives, lack of exercise, alcoholism, smoking, and lack of medical check-ups, and so miss the true meaning of a sweet life?

Where our eyes can brighten our hearts with the cheery faces of our loved ones, our kidneys can live to sieve out the filth life throws at us, our cells, well and alive to drive our passion and our feet are healthy enough to propel us into our dreams.

When we all consciously adopt these changes, the growing number from over 382 million affected worldwide would begin to see a steady decline and the vibrant population would focus on shaping a happy world.

Ayeni Ayodeji
(Second runner-up)


We are excited to declare the winners of our 2015 World Diabetes Day Essay Competition










The World Diabetes Day is an annual event where diabetes awareness is created by everyone.


This essay competition aims at creating awareness about diabetes and giving enlightenment and knowledge on the need to be proactive and to get busy now in order to ensure a bright future.

Essay Theme:

Diabetes Mellitus: Changing the present for a bright future.


1. To qualify participants must follow @theNGdoc

2. The essay must not be more than 500 words

3. Entries open on Oct 30,2015 and end on Nov 10,2015

4. All entries must be in MS Word format and sent as an attachment to NGDOC  thengdoc(at)gmail(dot)com

5. After submitting the entry, participants MUST make a tweet at @theNGdoc

[e.g I just submitted my entry for @theNGdoc World Diabetes Day essay competition #WDDEssay]


7. The essay could be in any format i.e can be in form of a story,poem,etc

8. The essays would be assessed for creativity and originality

Star prize and other consolation prizes to be given would be announced as publicity goes on. Thank you

View the 2014, 2013 and best international winning essays.



Wednesday March 2 – Friday 4, 2016
Time: 9.00am daily


We write to formally inform and also invite you to participate in the forthcoming STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING DIABETES CARE IN NIGERIA (SIDCAIN) 2016 annual scientific conference and distinguished personality lecture holding in Osogbo , Osun State, Nigeria from March 2-4, 2016.

The strategies for improving diabetes care in Nigeria initiative was construed about 9 years ago with the major objective of curbing the rising diabetes pandemic in the country through translational research.

The core team comprises researchers in the field of diabetes and hypertension spread across the major tertiary health facilities in the South Western States of Nigeria.

The SIDCAIN research group has successfully completed World Diabetes Foundation assisted projects in Ogun and Oyo States, while that of Osun State is ongoing.

In Ogun and Oyo States, a total of 56 non-communicable disease clinics have been established and 1180 health workers have already been trained to man these clinics where projects have been completed.

Over the years, our activities have expanded to include public awareness programmes, establishment of school health clubs and the Journalists Action Against Diabetes Programme amongst others.

We also hold the annual non-communicable disease conference and distinguished personalities lectures. Previous events have held in Ibadan, Osogbo and Sagamu whilst personalities such as Are Afe Babalola, Prof. John Idoko (NACA), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Mr Dele Momodu have given the lectures.

The 2016 event will hold at the Main Auditorium of the Osun State University. The event, as with previous ones will attract participants from all over the country as well as overseas.

Wed March 2: Pre-Conference Update (9-4.30pm)
Welcome cocktail (6-7.30pm)

Thurs March 3: Grant Application Training Course
Opening Ceremony / Distinguished Guest Lecture
First Scientific Session (3-5pm)
Conference Dinner (7pm)

Friday March 4: Second Scientific Session (9-10am)
Symposium (10-11.30am)
Invited Guest Lecture (12-12.45pm)
Awards & Prizes / Closing (2pm)

Other details:

1. All abstracts must be received by Wednesday February 3, 2016. Submission is strictly by email to OR

2. The conference committee will consider any abstract on non-communicable diseases or cardiovascular disease, aside from diabetes mellitus for presentation or publication.

3. Authors may be required to develop selected abstracts to full manuscripts, to be considered for publication and made available at the conference venue, in the institutional Research Journal of Health Sciences (, at a reduced cost.

4. Registration: Early registration before February 4, 2016 is N15,000. In addition, participants shall be required to register separately for the Grant Application Training Course. Details shall be advertised later.

5. Product exhibition and adverts placement in conference brochure:

Exhibition @N80,000 per day
Full page advert – N80,000 per page
Back page @ N100,000
Inside front page @ N90,000
Inside back page @ N80,000
Center Spread @ N130,000

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting meeting.

Kind Regards,

Prof. Babatope Kolawole FWACP – 2016 LOC Chair
Dr Familoni O.B. FMCP – 2016 co-Chair
Prof. Alebiosu C.O., FWACP – SIDCAIN Coordinator