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‘Diabetics Don’t Have to Die Prematurely’

first_imgMs. Matthews explains methods to manage diabetes– Ms. Sharon Matthews, Liberia Diabetes CenterDiabetics should not have to die prematurely, because there are steps to take to manage the disease and enjoy a long, happy life, according to Ms. Sharon Matthews of the Liberia Diabetic Center (LDC).In an interview recently in Monrovia, Ms. Matthews said because many diabetic Liberians are not aware of their condition, they become victims when their sugar levels are high and they are rushed to medical centers for help.She said the center is in contact with a diabetic who was at the point of going blind but got relief when she was helped with preventable steps that brought her blood glucose level back to normal.“The woman explained that she was going blind and was so confused. She said she experienced blurred vision, which is one of the symptoms of diabetes.“Another symptom she complained about was being very thirsty; and frequent urination and tingling pain or numbness in the hands.“That is why LDC has been calling on Liberians to get tested,” said Ms. Matthews, manager at the LDC in Monrovia.Ms. Matthews said from studies and collaboration with medical centers in Monrovia, there is a troubling report that points to preventable deaths from diabetes.“Since many people have not checked whether they are diabetic or not,” she said, “there are situations where an unknown sufferer may collapse at work and the person is rushed to a nearby clinic.”She said without being aware of the history of the individual, what normally happens is that glucose is administered to the patient and in most cases the patient’s sugar level is high and therefore the administration of glucose with sugar concentration leads to instant death.“Sadly many people in our community credit witchcraft for the cause of death in such a case and clinics and hospitals we are in contact with are reporting that many people have lost their lives because they are unaware of being diabetic.“It makes sense for Liberians to be conscious of their medical history so that wrong doses or treatments are not administered at a critical time when an individual is not able to contribute to a decision that affects his or her health,” Sharon said.She said there are different types of diabetes and, depending on an individual’s physical makeup, he or she may be at risk of one type or the other.She explained that once an individual suffers from diabetes and is unaware of it, there is a high chance of suffering from related health problems. “Diabetes can lead to heart disease and stroke, kidney problems, foot problems, like ulcer and amputation, nerve damage and eye problems and blindness,” she added.She said LDC wants Liberians to know that if anyone suffers from diabetes, he or she can manage it with small steps to make a big difference to live a longer, healthier life.“We encourage Liberians to get tested and then once it is determined that one is a sufferer, we will provide you a method to ensure that you are on the right path to a healthier life,” she said.Meanwhile, the Liberia Diabetic Center is developing a gymnasium in Monrovia to afford people with diabetes access to exercise, which is key to managing and preventing diabetes, said Mr. James Momo, executive director of LDC. “We have a holistic approach that deals with obesity, hypertension (commonly known as pressure), environmental factors, counseling and nutritional support,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Van Gaal admits summer transfer market has been difficult for Man United

first_img1 New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits it has not been easy to buy players this summer – but claims the Red Devils are still working on a number of transfer deals.The Premier League side have signed Southampton’s Luke Shaw, Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera and Serbian youngster Vanja Milinkovic already this summer, but are believed to be in the market for as many as three more big-money signings.Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels are the club’s top targets, although signing the latter is proving hard because the German club have already lost one star this summer in Robert Lewandowski, who joined bitter rivals Bayern Munich.The Dutchman has admitted he wants to sign new defenders before the season starts, but he concedes landing his targets will prove hard.“Manchester United shall buy players when we can improve our selection,” the United manager said. “And that is a lot more difficult than you think.”Another priority for Van Gaal is cutting loose the players he deems surplus to requirements.Those who are surely in the most danger include Javier Hernandez, Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Marouane Fellaini and Anderson.Van Gaal will not enjoy telling his unwanted players they have no future at the club, but he will not shirk away from making the changes he feels are necessary either.“I won’t come with the axe – it’s not like that,” Van Gaal said.“We have to be honest. We have to give advice to the players now at this moment and not at the end of August. Then we can’t change anymore and they don’t have a choice.“Of course it’s difficult to say something after two weeks but I think you have to say something.”last_img read more