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POLITICS OF DIABETES IN NIGERIA

The recent series of tweets by the USA senator and presidential aspirant, Senator Bernie Sanders, ‘attacking’ insulin makers, that followed a letter sent by him and his counterpart in the House of Representatives to the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission on the need for investigating insulin makers for price collusion was a result of his identification with diabetes (which runs in his family) especially during his campaign for Democrats nomination.

Bernie is not the only USA politician advocating on behalf of the People Living with Diabetes (PWD) , Senator Jenne Shaheen who is the leader of the US Senate Diabetes Caucus was quoted to be committed to ensuring that diabetes is a ” priority for legislation no matter what happens in the election” of 2012.  Her commitment could also be linked to her identification with her diabetic granddaughter.

Moreover, the revelation by the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, on her Type 1 diabetes status in addition to the functional relationship between the UK Parliament and several diabetes groups in the UK points to the fact that fight for the people with diabetes is a major cause for UK politicians. The act of identifying with diabetes and other non communicable diseases by politicians is a common trend across the developed countries, and this has propelled them to advocating, legislating and making policies for the education, prevention, diagnosing and management of diabetes mellitus in their respective countries.

One of the tweets by Bernie Sanders on his twitter handle @sensanders reads “in the richest nation in the world diabetes patients are being forced to decide between eating and paying for the drugs they need”.

I was prompted to respond by comparing the condition of the people with diabetes (PWD) in poor and unstable nations with those in rich countries that are being sympathised with.

Also, my reaction to the letter by Bernie and his colleague on insulin price is by asking for who are to be the defenders for the “weak and helpless” people living with type 1 diabetes (PWT1D) in poor countries like Nigeria.

My last response was inspired by the attitude of politicians across Africa especially Nigeria where disclosure of true health status of politicians seems abominable whether they are being affected by common diseases or not.

Their practice is to embark on medical tourism to developed countries for treatment and management of such diseases secretly  while people only engage in speculation about their health status . For instance, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was forced to disclose his battle with diabetes over several number of years by his need to get votes for his successor who later died in government due to a then undisclosed ailment. This was at the tail end of his (Obasanjo) eight year tenure.

The failure of Nigerian politicians to identify with non-communicable diseases especially diabetes, by which many of them are believed to be affected, and their ability to travel abroad for treatment make them not to have any inspiration or encouragement to make any specific serious legislation, policy or advocacy that is needed to support the common people on the care and management of diabetes, as many are being afflicted and killed by the disease due to their helplessness.

This is evident in the absence of any specific health policy or program on diabetes, lack of appropriate medical facilities for diagnosis and care, inadequate funding for non-communicable diseases, shortage of diabetes specialists and caregivers, inadequate education on prevention and management of diabetes, absence of any parliamentary resolution on diabetes and absence of any regulation on access to and price of diabetic drugs, (especially insulin) among others.

However, according to International Diabetes Federation (IDF), as at year 2015 out of 415 million people living with diabetes in the world, 75 percent are in the poor and middle income countries with Sub-Sahara Africa accounting for 14.2 million . It is shown that prevalence rate of diabetes in Nigeria is 1.9 percent for adults and 3 out of 100,000 children while around 949, 900 persons are undiagnosed. Among 5 million people that die due to diabetes annually across the world Nigeria accounts for more than 40,000. Relatively, Nigeria leads in the number of incidence of and mortality rate from the disease in Africa.

Meanwhile, the current economic condition, a result of economic recession, in the country is making self management of diabetes unaffordable for the people living with diabetes.

The reliance on importation of all the much needed diabetic supplies,  continuous fall in the exchange rate of Naira to foreign currencies, galloping inflation and dwindling real income have all contributed to unaffordability and inaccessibility of the supplies most especially insulin.

The price of each of the items has skyrocketed to about 150 percent increase within a short period of eight months. Choosing myself as a typical sample of an average  person living with diabetes in the country , my monthly costs of supplies currently within Lagos metropolis could be broken down as follows :

Insulin ( Mixtard of 100 IU)              N5500 per vial

Syringes                                                       N2500 per pack of 100 units

Glucometer (Accu-chek Active)    N8000

Meter test strips                                    N4600 per pack

Diabetic multivitamin                        N3400

All these prices are only obtainable within Lagos which is the major commercial city in the country, but in other cities and towns most of the supplies are either much more costlier or not totally available. Meanwhile , my monthly income stands at around N25000 out of which I spend around N16000 on the supplies (64 percent) . The cost of transportation and other implicit costs are yet to be included.

Despite all the available statistics on diabetes, though actually underestimated because of absence of credible medical data gathering in the country, and the plight of the people living with diabetes in managing the condition there is no any serious political will on the part of policy makers, and in spite of signing up with Global Action on Non-communicable diseases, to help the people with diabetes out of the challenges being faced in the need to lead fulfilled lives, and reduce the level prevalence of the disease.

Nigeria is only chosen in this article as a reflective sample for all the poor and politically unstable countries of the world, which means that the conditions of the people living with diabetes in these countries, especially in Africa, need urgent and serious actions on the part of their politicians on supports for adequate management as well as on the need for measures for prevention to reduce the rate of prevalence.

So, the question still remains as who will fight for the ‘weak and helpless’ people living with diabetes in the poor countries?

Olafimihan Nasiru Titilope is living with diabetes can be reached on nasoola77@yahoo.com

 

The article posted is strictly the responsibility of the author. NGdoc  will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. This article is featured on an as-is basis.

TYPE[1]WRITER TO FACILITATE INSULIN ACCESS TO NIGERIAN CWDS

This was the start of a beautiful friendship and the creation of our diabetes project. Back in 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting Adejumo Hakeem from Nigeria.

We’d been in constant communication prior to the International Diabetes Federation Conference in Melbourne as I’d managed to win their essay competition, ‘Diabetes in Nigeria: Protecting the Future’.

I even went on to write my masters on ‘The Relationship Between Urbanisation and Type 2 Diabetes: a human rights-based approach to health in Nigeria’. So here we were, online friends from New Zealand and Nigeria, finally able to cross the ocean and meet in person.

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It’s been 6 months since the book was launched and the sales are still doing great. The profits from my book go directly to Adejumo at NGdoc to aid children with type 1 diabetes in Nigeria who do not have access to the supplies they need to survive. There are already stories of young children who we, and our consumers, have supported. If you have bought a book – YOU helped a child!

Our very first child was enough to spur us on, the fact that we’d made a difference in someone’s life is very humbling. Oluwatimileyin Daniel was 14 years old and in a state of diabetes ketoacidosis in hospital as his family had no money to buy insulin. Through our partnership we were able to pay for both the insulin and glucometer test strips he needed. He was lucky, many are not.

If you want to help us make a difference you can buy the book, or the cheaper e-book version on Amazon. If your child has type 1 diabetes they will hopefully love the book and be saving another child at the same time

Culled from type1writerblog 

Carrie Hetherington can be contacted here

DIABEDUCATION

INTRODUCTION

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Currently in Nigeria, the emphasis of most policies and interventions is on screening and early treatment.

Though diabetes education forms a part of most strategies, screening of people at risk is the main focus.
The current strategies that exist in Nigeria are mainly health-care facility based and as such do not provide adequate information to the teeming population.

According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas (2013), about 3.9million out of the 78 million adult population in Nigeria (20-79years) is diabetic.
This puts the National prevalence of type 2 diabetes at approximately 5%. According to the same report, about 105,000 diabetes related deaths occurred in 2013.

There is thus a need for improved diabetes education and awareness

WHY DIABEDUCATION?

DIABEDUCATION is aimed at imbibing healthy living lifestyle, good physical activities among young individuals as well as make them diabetes advocates in their schools and communities through adequate diabetes education in a “catch them young approach”.

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The training manual was developed to teach basic symptomalogy of the disease in easy to understand plain language for children and adults as well as utilizing community focused advocacy methods and via the use of social media- the latest social trend as a veritable tool for diabetes advocacy.

With Nigeria’s mobile subscriber base estimated to grow by a significant 14 percent this year to 120 million, utilization of social media in youth health advocacy will help educate, motivate, encourage, and act as a viable propagation medium for adequate diabetes information and education among Nigerians.

With this project we will be directly training over a hundred secondary school students across Ogun State who will then create awareness and educate their peers and community hence indirectly affecting over a hundred thousand individuals across the state.

Our profound gratitude goes to The Ogun State Government, The Ogun State Ministry of Health and the Department of Public health and School health board for the tremendous support.

We also say a big thank you to the Honorable Commissioner for Health for Ogun State, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, Mr Talabi Olumuyiwa – Patron of The Talabi Diabetes Center, the Directors, Facilitators, Volunteers, Sponsors and finally our contributing authors.

This program is scheduled to hold on the 16th of April, 2015. Follow the hashtag #diabeducation on Twitter and on Facebook.

Interested in being a part of the program either as a sponsor or volunteer? Please send us an email on thengdoc@gmail.com

WORLD DIABETES DAY EVENTS 2014

The World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member association worldwide.

The World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the growing concerns about the escalating health threats that Diabetes poses.
World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of The United Nations Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.

The World Diabetes Theme for 2014-2016 is HEALTHY LIVING AND DIABETES.

(The information above is culled from the International Diabetes Federation website. For more information on The International Diabetes Federation visit here)

To celebrate the 2014 World Diabetes Day; The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (NGdoc) will be involved in series of National and International Programs listed below. Kindly participate in these events happening online and offline.

1) The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community World Diabetes Day Essay runs from November 1- November 10, 2014. Visit here for more info.

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2) The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community World Diabetes Day Diabeducation Program. This year NGdoc will partner with The Ogun State Ministry of Health, Nigeria to train a cross section of about 110 senior secondary school students on diabetes advocacy.

This program to be attended by The Commissioners of Health and Educaton, The Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Health and Chief Olumuyiwa Talabi, the founder and patron of Talabi Diabetes Center Iperu amongst other eminent guests will also herald the launch of the School Health Cadet program of The Ministry of Health, Ogun State.
Follow NGdoc on twitter for updates.

3) The World Diabetes Day 24hour Twitter chat is the 3rd edition of the much anticipated 24 hour twitter chat on the 14th of November hosted by Cherise Shockley of the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation. This program features 24 moderators who will each handle the chat hourly from 0.00 EST to 24:00EST.

This chat event has had over 500 participants globally in previous editions. NGdoc will be one of the moderators and thus we’d be hosting an hour. Follow the hashtag #WDDChat14 for more information on moderators, timing and theme of the chat. Visit DCAF website here.

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4) Our official partners The Access Alliance is Putting the world back in The World Diabetes Day by campaigning for access to Insulin for All. You can participate by you sharing a photo of yourself with the inscription boldly written “LETS PUT THE WORLD BACK IN WORLD DIABETES DAY #INSULIN4ALL” Visit here to take part.

5) The Diabetes Hand Foundation  will from 1pm-4pm EDT on November 3 discuss the unmet needs of Diabetes in a twitter chat with The Food and Drug Adninistration (FDA) Follow the hashtag #DOCasksFDA to participate and visit DHF website here.

Join the Diabetes Hand foundation movement by taking the Big Blue Test right now. Each Big Blue Test entry you log between October 20th and November 19th triggers a $1 donation on your behalf to nonprofit groups that are providing life-saving supplies, services and education to people with diabetes in need. Taking the Big Blue Test is easy.

1. Test your blood glucose.  If you do not have diabetes, you can skip this step.

2. Get active.  For 14 to 20 minutes, get up and get moving.  You can , walk, run, clean the house, swim, tap dance…whatever!

3. Test again.  On average, Big Blue Testers seen their blood glucose level drop 20% after 14-20 minutes of exercise.

4. Share your results.  Answer the questions in the right column of this page. And don’t forget to talk about your experience on social media. Visit here for more infobbt-hashtag

 

 

6) Our partner 100campaign 100voices for diabetes aims at bringing together 100 Globalvoices who will advocate for access to insulin. Visit here to include your voice.

EVENTS PENDING CONFIRMATION BY US

Diabetes Community Outreach to the Students of Babcock University at Ilishan, Ogun State, Nigeria. The second edition of this program holding this year aims at Diabetes Education and screening of students of The Babcock University. Follow us on twitter for more information on the date.

A community outreach with The National Youth Service Corp Members of Oyo State, Nigeria. . Follow us on twitter for more information on the date and venue.

IDF POSTERS NOW IN OUR LOCAL LANGUAGES

We are excited to have the International Diabetes Federation Posters in our local languages. We believe these posters will go a long way to educate Nigerians most especially those in rural areas.

These posters are good for popular locations in the community like Churches, Mosques, Town Halls, Market squares, recreation centers and cultural centres.

If you are interested in making these posters available in your community, kindly send us an email thengdoc@gmail.com.

Below are the snapshots and thanks to our translators who made this possible.

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WDD Hausa 4

WDD Yoruba 4

WDD Ibo 1

WDD Ibo 2

WDD Ibo 3

WDD Ibo 4

WDD Yoruba 1

WDD Yoruba 2

WDD Yoruba 3

Thanks to the International Diabetes Federation and our Awesome Translators: Oyewusi Oluwafemi, Chukuma Arinze and Zainab Mahmoud.

NOW LETS GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS NIGERIA!

More about The IDF can be seen here

THE AFRICA DIABETES CONGRESS (YAOUNDE 2014)

The Africa Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation took place at the Palaise de Congress in Yaounde Cameroun from the 25th to the 28 February 2014.

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Palaise de Congress

 

The 2nd African Diabetes Congress appropriately themed: “Diabetes: Challenges and opportunities in Africa” provided an ideal opportunity for researchers, health care providers, practitioners, students, people living with diabetes to cross fertilize with colleagues from Africa and mingle with international renowned experts in the field of diabetes.

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About 1,000  participants from about 45 countries were there to raise awareness on diabetes and its impact by convening at the IDF Africa diabetes congress to exchange research and best practices on diabetes prevention, treatment and management.

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 Cross section of Participants at the ADC2014

The international Diabetes Federation (I.D.F) is the umbrella body organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests and the growing numbers of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950.

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Cross-section of participants at the pre-congress post graduate course on Research Methodology/Scientific writing

 A Pre-congress update course on Research Methodology/Scientific writing where about 30 young researchers from all over Africa were trained and updated on recent trends in research methodologies and scientific writing.

According to the Chairman organizing committee and former International Diabetes Federation, President Professor Mbanya the young scientists are expected to through the training received translate diabetes research and care in Africa to meet up to global standard. 

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 Discussing the challenges facing diabetes care in Africa over lunch

Simultaneously, a pre-conference update course on Advocacy was running where selected individuals from different countries attended and were trained on how to advocate, engage the government and ensure right policies are effected in their respective countries .

Policy advocacy is one of the most effective ways to achieve public health goals by ensuring that necessary resources, policies and political will are available to support, scale up, and sustain diabetes efforts within broader NCD programs.

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 Mobolaji Dauda from Nigeria and Pamela Donggo from Uganda at the Update course

We strongly believe that this congress will be one that wont be quickly forgotten as it laid a solid foundation not just for subsequent congresses but also diabetes research, prevention and care in Africa generally.

The 2nd Africa Diabetes Congress was made bilingual through an impressive translation efforts of the Medical Students of the University of Yaounde (a feat that was very professional and commendable).

The Organizers through the efforts of the platinum sponsors were able to sponsor about 600 participants for the congress, a remarkable and great achievement.

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With recent announcement of the startoff of the Africa Diabetes Study Group and Africa Diabetes Journal we are rest assured that IDF Africa through the ADC is positioning itself for the task of curbing the diabetes epidermic in the continent.

We wish to appreciate the congress organizers who through the support of El-Lilly were able to fully sponsor 2 members of The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community for the pre-congress update course and congress and also through Servier provided accommodation for 4 members of The Nigeria diabetes online community for the period of the congress.

We believe supports like this is important in not just building young researchers but also inspiring more youths into diabetes care and prevention in their respective communities all over africa.

PHOTO SPEAKS

NgdocADC2014POST GRADUATE COURSE IN RESEARCH METHODS AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING

 

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PROF MBANYA ADMONISHING THE NGDOC TEAM AT THE LILLY DIABETES CONVERSATION MAP STAND

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DIABETES WALK

 

20140226_230203-1NIGERIAN DELEGATES TO THE ADC WITH PROF TOM JOHNSON (4TH FROM THE LEFT)

 

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LILLY HOSTED US TO A DINNER

 

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GALA NIGHT

 

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The next Africa diabetes congress will be hosted by Uganda. UGANDA 2016

SPARE A ROSE AND SAVE A CHILD

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Valentine is a season of love but for children around the world with type 1 diabetes, lack of access to insulin is
the most common cause of death.

And in some areas of the world, most children with diabetes can expect to live less than a year past their diagnosis date – if they’re diagnosed at all.

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This Valentine’s day, our community can help change that.

Under the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign, (a Diabetes Hand Foundation Campaign) we will help create awareness and gain donations and awareness for Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program aiming to fund the continuous medical care, access to supplies and medication, and diabetes education that children in developing nations need to stay alive.

Spare a Rose, Save a Child
is simple:

You buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and share the value of that flower
with a child with diabetes in the developing world.

Your loved one at home still receives flowers and you both give help to a child with diabetes who desperately
needs it.

A rose is about 5 bucks, for that one rose, IDF can give a child one month of life.

A dozen roses, a year of life for a child with diabetes. You can watch the video of how Lives have been saved by the International Diabetes Federation here

Click here to donate

Please note that all funds goes directly to the International Diabetes Federation Life For A Child Program.
Thank you.

For more information contact us on thengdoc@gmail.com

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STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING DIABETES CARE IN NIGERIA (SIDCAIN) call for abstracts

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STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING DIABETES CARE IN NIGERIA (SIDCAIN) call for abstracts for its 2014 Annual Scientific Conference and distinguished personality lecture holding in Ile-Ife from March 5th – 7th, 2014.

SIDCAIN was construed about 7 years ago with 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 institutions in the South Western States of Nigeria.

The team holds its annual non-communicable disease conference and distinguished personality lecture.

Previous events held in Ibadan, Osogbo and Sagamu whilst personalities such as Are Afe Babalola, Prof. John Idoko (NACA), former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Mr Dele Momodu (Ovation) have given the lectures.

The 2014 event will hold at the main Auditorium of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife.
The event, as with the previous one will attract participants from all over the country and overseas.

THEME: Diabetes: Towards better Diabetes Prevention and Control

Sub-theme: DREAMS come true!

Distinguished Personality Lecturer: Dr Olusegun Mimilko, Executive Governor, Ondo State.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Segun Fatusi, Provost, College of Health Sciences, OAU, Ile-Ife.
International Guest Speakers: Dr Dokun Ayotunde and Dr R Balogun (University of Virginia, VA, USA).

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Abstracts should be in English language, typed double spaced, in Times New Roman font 12 and not exceeding 250 words.
2. Abstract should be structured into the following subheadings:

Statement of the research problem:::Objectives:::Methods:::Conclusions.
3. All abstracts must be received by Sunday February 9, 2014.
4. Submission is strictly by email to jokotade2012@yahoo.com or sidcainprojectteam@gmail.com

REGISTRATION

A. Doctors
Early registration before February 15th, 2014 – N15,000
After February 15th, 2014 or on site – N20,000

B. All other healthcare professionals:
Early registration before February 15th, 2014 – N12,000
After February 15th, 2014 or on site – N15,000

3. All Students
Early registration before February 15th, 2014 – N5,000
After February 15th, 2014 or on site – N8,000

NOTE: 10 CPD credits obtainable.

Registration payments to:
ACCOUNT NAME: SIDCAIN PROJECT ACCOUNT
BANK: GUARANTY TRUST BANK
ACCOUNT NO: 0050055367

For futher enquiries, contact:
1. SIDCAIN via sidcainprojectteam@gmail.com www.sidcain.org
2. Dr Jokotade via jokotade2012@yahoo.com
3. NGDOC via thengdoc@gmail.com

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DIABETES AND PREGNANCY

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Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but have high blood glucose (sugar) level during pregnancy are said to have Gestational Diabetes.

It is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy (especially 3rd trimester).

Gestational diabetes (GDM) affects about 3-10% of pregnancies. After delivery about 50-60% of women with GDM are found to develop Type 2 diabetes within 10-20 years.

Gestational diabetes is caused when insulin receptors do not function properly.
This is likely due to pregnancy related factors such as Human Placenta Lactogen (HPL) that interferes with susceptible insulin receptors(insulin resistance) ,thereby increasing blood sugar.

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Pregnancy itself is stressful and diabetogenic due to increased production of pregnancy hormones that are insulin antagonists e.g cortisol, placenta insulinase, estrogen, progesterone, etc.

Some identified risk factors for Gestational Diabetes includes:

Previous Gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, Impaired fasting glucose.
Family history revealing a first degree relative with type 2.
Maternal age >35yrs
Overweight, obese or being severely obese increases risk.
Previous pregnancy resulting in a child with macrosomia.
Previous poor obstetric history.

Symptoms:

Typically, women with GDM exhibit little or NO symptoms (another good reason for universal screening) but some can demonstrate the well known diabetes symptoms such as:

increased thirst (polydipsia), increased urination (polyuria) , polyphagia, fatigue , nausea, vomiting etc.
Some also have urinary tract infections, history of repeated abortions, stillbirth(s), or delivery of oversized babies.

How Gestational Diabetes Affects You And Your Baby.

GDM poses a significant risk to mother and child. This risk is largely related to uncontrolled high blood glucose levels and its consequences.

Prompt recognition and care results in better control of these sugar levels and will reduce some of the risks considerably.

Fetal Risks:

Abortions, polyhydramnios-due to large placenta, fetal size and its sequelae.

Macrosomia (fetal weight>4kg), which in turn increase risk of instrumental deliveries (forceps,ventouse) or problems during vagina delivery(shoulder dystocia).
Preterm labour.

Intrauterine fetal death in the last 4wks due to ketosis, hypoglycemia, placenta insufficiency.

Neonatal morbidity and mortality due to respiratory distress syndrome, jaundice, hypoglycaemia,hyperviscosity,hypocalcemia.

Maternal Risks:

Pregnancy induced hypertension,Urinary tract infections and puerperal sepsis,obstructed labour,deficient lactation.

How can Gestational Diabetes be managed?

SIMPLY CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR

This can be achieved by using special meal plans (diabetic diet), scheduled physical activities (Exercise).

Dietary modifications are extremely important as a total of 1800calories/day and restriction of carbohydrate to 200g/day with less fat, more proteins and vitamins is advised.

Carbohydrate intake should be limited in the morning because of high blood glucose levels between 3-9am resulting from diurnal variant in plasma cortisol and glucagon levels.
Though,there are individual variations, endeavor to discuss your meal plan with your dietician and endocrinologist who will prescribe the appropriate insulin regimen.

The goal of treatment is to reduce blood sugar within normal limits thereby improving perinatal outcomes.

Frequent antenatal visits and foetal monitoring is strongly advised.


You don’t have to lose that pregnancy or suffer morbidities, though it might be true that after child birth you are free of gestational diabetes but while you still carry that baby———CONTROL YOUR DIABETES !!!

Ojo Oluwatosin

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It is generally advisable that all pregnant women be screened for gestational diabetes at health facilities.
For more information kindly send us an email thengdoc(at)gmail.com.

The World Diabetes Congress (Melbourne 2013)

The World Diabetes congress of the International Diabetes Federation took place at the Melbourne convention and exhibition centre, Melbourne, Australia from the 2nd to 6th of December, 2013.

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 THE MELBOURNE EXHIBITION AND CONVENTION CENTRE

The world diabetes congress is a unique opportunity that brings together health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, people with diabetes, their families and carers.

Over 10,000 delegates were there to raise awareness on diabetes and its impact by convening at the global diabetes community to exchange research and best practices on diabetes prevention, treatment and management.

Registration Stand
PRE-REGISTRATION STAND

The international Diabetes Federation (I.D.F) is an umbrella body organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests and the growing numbers of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

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DIABETES 

The Sessions were inspiring with a lot of focus on mobile health and the use of social media as an important tool for diabetes awareness, prevention, peer support and care.

A lot of interactions, partnerships and social networking on adequate awareness, proper preventive measures and care aimed at improving the quality of lives of people living with diabetes was the centre piece of every session, symposium, presentation and even social activities .

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The Global Diabetes Online Communities (DOC) showcased at the World Diabetes Congress

We wish to appreciate CHEVRON NIGERIA for sponsoring 3 Final year Medical Students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University who were presenters at the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne and volunteers  and the co-founder of The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community

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CHEVRON NIGERIA

In a system where most corporate organizations would rather support or endorse celebrities and established personalities and elites, it is noteworthy that by Chevron Nigeria extending its corporate and social responsibilities to student researchers it has reinforced its commitments to a brighter and greater future for Nigerians most especially for People living with Diabetes in Nigeria who were fully advocated for at the world diabetes congress.

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One of the Recipients of Chevron Nigeria’s Sponsorship for the International Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Congress

PHOTO SPEAKS

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The Great Britain DOC, Australia DOC And Nigeria DOC

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Elizabeth Rowley of T1 International, the Ugandan diabetes association President and Adejumo Olamide (Medical Student OOUTH)

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Just before the MHealth symposium”WORKING TOGETHER TO DELIVER DIABETES CARE THROUGH MOBILE HEALTH”

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IDF President Sir Micheal Hirst Giving the Presidential Address

DIABETES CONVERSATION MAPS

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If you are a healthcare provider with interest in utilizing the IDF Diabetes Conversation Maps for educative purposes at your center kindly mail us at thengdoc@gmail.com

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Listening to words of wisdom from IDF Ambassador, Rights and Responsibilities of People living with diabetes with IDF Youth Leaders – Cajsa Lindberg

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From Left to Right: Ms Arubuolawe Tosin (Medical Student OOUTH), Mrs Talabi (Talabi Diabetes Center), Dr Adeshina (Consultant diabetologist, Federal Medical Center Abeokuta), Dr. Chinenye (President, Diabetes Association of Nigeria), Chief Olumuyiwa Talabi (Founder and Patron of Talabi Diabetes Center), Ms Titilope AKinlabi (Medical Student OOUTH)

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Diabetes Association of Nigeria President Dr Chinenye delivering his presentation at the world diabetes congress

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The Melbourne Declaration with Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma the 1st Lady of South Africa and  Patron & Chairman of the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation an organization dedicated to see a South Africa where diabetes ceases to be a killer due to lack of awareness. For more information about the activities of Her Excellency’s organization visit here

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Cross section of delegates from Nigeria at the world diabetes congress.

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The 8 roles of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) for more information, visit the IDF website here

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Social Media has been agreed to be an important social support system for people living with diabetes and it is important for healthcare providers to join in the paradigm to provide technical support for the growing social media platforms used by people living with diabetes for regular communication.

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Cross Section of Participants and Presenters at the Internet, Social Media and community presentation (The Ozdoc and Dedoc)

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People trying to get into the Social Media Presentation reflecting the desire of people to get involved in the communities that provide social support for people living with diabetes. For more information on the Global Diabetes online communities visit here

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With Sir and Mrs Hirst

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THE IDF YOUTH LEADERS. More about the IDF Youth Leaders can be found here

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The IDF Youth Leader President Keegan and Ashley Ng (Watch Ashley’s speech at the Diabetes Vic Corroboree here)

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At the Australia Diabetes Online #dmeetup (from social media to real life meeting)

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At the Australia Diabetes Online and IDF youth leaders #dmeetup (from social media to real life meeting)

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At the Australia Diabetes Online #dmeetup (from social media to real life meeting)

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I was about moving in for a social media symposium when Catherine Forbes asked me: “are you with @theNGdoc” i turned surprised, said yes and we hugged almost immediately. We were joined almost immediately by @Ashiekitty  and @diabetescounsel (From Social Media to Real life Meeting) the power of social media is awesome and its borderless nature brings out a global community of wonderful people united by #Diabetes.

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SucreBlue, Renza, GBdoc and @hadejumo

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With Carrie Hetherington the winner of the best international contribution in the NGDoc world diabetes day essay. Her Essay write up can be found here

At the World Diabetes Foundation Stand

At the World Diabetes Foundation Stand