How I’ve successfully managed diabetes for 30 years — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit: Ventures Africa]

Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says that diabetes only kills those who are careless about its treatment.

Mr. Obasanjo made the statement on Friday in Abeokuta when he led hundreds of people on a road walk to sensitise the populace on the disease and how to manage it.

The road walk was organised by the South West Zone of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) in collaboration with the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), to mark the 2017 World Diabetes Day.

The two kilometre walk which began at the OOPL, passed through MKO Abiola Way with 15 minutes stop-over at the premises of Sunny Yinka Oil before terminating at the take-off point.

The former president was joined on the walk by the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, Commissioner for Health in Ogun, Babatunde Ipaye, and Chief Executive Officer of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation, Olalekan Makinde

According to Mr. Obasanjo, if a person with diabetes takes care of himself, he will discover that “diabetes is not a killer disease.”

Mr. Obasanjo lamented the fact that many youth in the country rarely exercised, saying that because of his lifestyle, in spite of his age, he was still agile and fit.

“Diabetes is not a disease that should kill. I was diagnosed to be diabetic more than 30 years ago but rather I am growing stronger.

“If you don’t believe I am growing strong and you didn’t witness this walk, come and see me at night, you will know I am growing strong.

“Come and see me in the morning, you will know I am growing strong, even in the afternoon; you will know I am growing strong.

“What is necessary is management of diabetes. Some people said some diseases are incurable but diabetes is manageable and compliant.

“My headmaster in primary school was diagnosed at the age of 50 and died at age 85; you will agree with me that he tried.”

He advised diabetics to be mindful of their health and eat healthy.

“What to do is that if you’re diabetic don’t be nonchalant about it and don’t eat carelessly.

“Three things are important, the food you eat, regular exercise and prescribed medication, those are the three most important things.

“You can be diabetic and still live till 100. I don’t know when I will die but I am above 80 and many youth could not catch up with my pace during the exercise this morning. Many of them were running after me.

“This is my message. Whether you’re diabetic or you have a family or friend who is diabetic; diabetes is not a killer disease or it should not be a killer disease unless you are careless,” Mr. Obasanjo added.

In a speech, Mr. Akanbi said he was in Abeokuta to support Mr. Obasanjo in the awareness walk, advising people to always take their health issues serious. (NAN)


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  • share Idea

    Baba has some sound advise to people on this article.

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    It’s God you supposed to thank not be boasting.

    • Nkem

      If he calls God now, you will be saying he does not now God. BTW, he is only giving advice about lifestyle choices to diabetic patients. Only the afflicted are the ones best placed to appreciate this article.

  • Epsilon_Delta

    If you like be diabetic for 100 years, you’ll always be remembered for your massive looting of our collective wealth.

    • Nkem

      Remembered by who? Speak only for yourself.

  • Betty

    Good. In July of 2016. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results to how for my hard work. I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” How I helped myself from diabetes ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next week. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 16 pounds in my first month and lost more than 3+ inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods..

  • Julius

    Well Baba, where are the medicines for those afflicted but are not as rich like you ? That should be the issue.

  • tuby NY

    Baba O! Keep riding stronger and NEVER STOP talking simple sense and facts to humanity yo.. especially our illinformed population. I feel u sir as always.

  • Iskacountryman

    tell us how you managed to father 24 children…

    • Soja

      He already told you to come see him at night

      • Iskacountryman

        it is a dangerous gambit to visit obasanjo at night…you might stumble on to your wife leaving his house…

        • aisha ani

          Please don’t kill me.

          • Iskacountryman

            aisha…you no go die…

  • Abubakar Yakubu

    I am really inspired by this. I am diabetic for 12 years now. I am encouraged Baba.

  • tiwane

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, There are not many diabetic diseases in the world that have not received and understood the message you are launching today. But, even if all your tips are put into practice persistently, only a very small portion of us will reach your goal. Can you explain to me why?

  • tiwane

    Let me add that there is still, better than that.