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Health Specialist Hosts Masterclass on the Role of Nutrition in Preventing and Managing Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood sugar is too high. The most common type of diabetes is Type 2 diabetes which occurs in adults when the body is no longer able to make enough insulin on its own. Type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition that affects 5 to 8% of the population of people with diabetes. According to the World Health Organisation, a healthy and balanced diet protects against chronic non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Type 2 diabetes is more difficult to detect, and the symptoms tend to appear more slowly. Unless a blood test is taken to test the blood glucose level some people may have type 2 Diabetes for up to 10 years without knowing. The International Diabetes foundation findings show that 1 in 2 adults living with diabetes are undiagnosed. And by 2040, it is expected that half a billion people will have diabetes with type 2 diabetes being the most prevalent.
Diabetes damages the small blood vessels in the body resulting in the walls of the blood vessels to stiffen. This increase in pressure leads to high blood pressure. Similar to type 2 diabetes, you can have high blood pressure and not know it. It is why it is called "the silent killer". Both hypertension and type 2 diabetes are common comorbidities. Research shows that hypertension is twice as frequent in patients with diabetes compared with those who do not have diabetes.
The good news is that with medication, exercise, and the right diet both type 2 diabetes and hypertension can both be prevented and managed.
Omitowoju inspires her students to make better lifestyle decisions by eating a healthy and balanced diet. She teaches them about healthy and natural condiments as well as how to make healthy and nutritious foods that are affordable and easy to make.
Register now for this masterclass which includes, nutrition lessons on eating patterns that trigger Hypertension and Diabetes and a step-by-step healthy cooking online course with a list of African recipes curated to help manage diabetes and hypertension.
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