National Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Nigeria (NACAMA) has urged the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to check sugary and sweetened contents in processed beverages and foods.
The President of NACAMA, Prof. Peter Katchy, made the call on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
Katchy spoke on the sidelines of the World Diabetes Day, with the theme: “Eyes on Diabetes’’.
The NACAMA boss said that “the type of diabetes being seen today, which is also growing, is that of children of school age.
“It is abnormal to see children between the ages of 16 and 25 come down with diabetes; when the disease is supposed to be that of adult even if it is hereditary in nature.
“Most of our children buy these sugary and sweeten 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 defence 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 epidemics in the next 10 years since most schools don’t even have play ground for children to burn-out these glucose during play or exercise time,’’ he said.
Katchy, however, urged mothers to insist on balance diet; adding that having too much carbohydrate in meal is not the best.
“You should eat more fruits, vegetables and take moderate quantity of food per meal.
“This would help the pancreas organ, which secretes the hormones insulin, glucagon and somatostatin that breaks down carbohydrate and sugar,’’ he said.