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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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I can get Gunners firing again, says Wenger

first_imgWenger’s side committed far too many errors once again as they slumped to a fourth straight defeat in the Premier League to all but end their hopes of finishing in the top four.The FA Cup holders had been knocked out at the first hurdle by Nottingham Forest earlier this year and they suffered a crushing loss to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final last weekend.The travelling fans voiced their dissent at management during and after the match having seen their team lose for the eighth time in 13 games across all competitions, but Wenger believes he can steady the ship.“It’s the first time it happens in my whole career, I must say,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports after Albion recorded their first win over the north Londoners in 36 years.“It’s not easy, but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments.“We have to stick together and focus. We have no other solution.”Asked if he thought the time had come to step aside, Wenger replied: “You focus on your job. These are always the questions you get when you are in the situation we are in.“You do your job and you do the right thing and the things you think are right for the team and that’s it.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s fourth straight loss piled the pressure on manager Arsene WengerLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 5- Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels he is still the right man for the job, despite a 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Sunday marking the club’s worst run in 16 years.The Seagulls raced into a 2-0 lead at the Amex Stadium thanks to goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray inside the opening half- hour, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back just before half-time.last_img read more