Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday blamed lack of education in managing diabetes for the reason why many patients die untimely.
Obasanjo spoke at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during a novelty match between All-Stars FC, Abeokuta and the ex-Super Eagles.
The match, organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation, was in commemoration of the 2022 World Diabetes Day.
Obasanjo, a diabetes patient of over 30 years, insisted that though the disease is not curable, it is manageable.
The Balogun Owu stated that he is still strong despite being a diabetes patient for about three decades.
He expressed concern that many patients have died within five years of diagnosis, saying this was as a result of lack of education and knowledge needed in managing the disease.
According to him, a patient can live up to 100 years if he or she adheres strictly to the dos and don’ts of diabetes.
“As a diabetic person, you must not take sugar. Any carbohydrate, you take it moderately, once you know that and you go by it, you are fine,” he said.