By Bright Bassey
The National Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Nigeria, NACAMA, have advised the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC to examine foods and beverages for sugary and sweetened contents.
Prof. Peter Katchy, President, NACAMA said this on Monday in addition to the World Diabetes Day, stating that what’s obtainable today is the type of diabetes seen in under aged children.
“It is abnormal to see children between the ages of 16 and 25 come down with diabetes; when the disease supposed to be that of adult even if it is hereditary in nature”, he said.
“Most of our children buy these sugary and sweetened processed beverages and foods in their large quantities without knowing the implication of what they are consuming daily.
“It is the responsibility of regulatory agencies to safe-guard the lives of these Nigerians that do not know the implication of what they are consuming daily.
“NAFDAC should stand-up and fight in defense of the younger generation; if we are indeed serious to tackle childhood diabetes.
“If this growing trend is not checked; it will likely be an epidemic in the next 10 years since most schools don’t even have playground for children to burn-out these glucose during play or exercise time.”
Also, Katchy advised mothers to maintain balanced diets and avoid excessive carbohydrates consumption.