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“Why Kidney Disease Is On The Rise In Nigeria” – West Africa’s 1st Nephrology Nurse, Grace Omotosho

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January 3rd, 2016 – “Why Kidney Disease Is On The Rise In Nigeria” – West Africa’s First Nephrology Nurse

Meet Mrs Grace Omotosho, Nigeria,West Africa’s first Nephrology Nurse.

In this recent chat with Yetunde Oladeinde, Mrs Omotosho explains why kidney diseases are on the rise in Nigeria.

Hear her:

“Kidney problem is on the rise because a lot of people are careless. There are so many of our people with blood pressure, with different problems such as diabetes that are treated. In addition, I would say that a lot of people do not know that they should rest well. And then they just take food and drugs that they do not know about.

Now most people are stressed out because of the condition of the country and when they go into renal failure, we really need to look after them. I take care of myself. My husband and I do not stress ourselves; and I have been consistent with this over the years. We go on holidays and we come back strong to face the situation here in Nigeria.”

For young people, whether male or female my advice is that they should take life easy and not opt for the fast lane. They can also see what is going on in their environment; that it is not business as usual. Nigeria is a race in a hurry, they should not look at other people’s wealth; they should build their own.”

Nephrology is the study of the kidneys and the environment.

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  1. Jilo

    January 3, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    This woman is absolutely right not only that, nowadays there is increasing in stroke among young folks. It is no more a grown man disease and the source of the disease emanate from one source and that is Food. All these modern diseases, Heart disease, obesity, diabetics, stroke hypertension are related to one another. In the past, during our great grandfathers time, most of these diseases would not appear until when people reach their old age because they were involve in activities which is exercise and eat more organic food. According to one New England journal, No 1 causes of Cancer is food. Some of the Doctors and researchers have not accepted this as this is only hypothesis but one renowned Doctors was positive that food is a major cause. Now globally most of the foods we are ingesting is processed foods because of the increasing in world population courtesy “Malthusian theory on population”. In an attempt to meet up with the food production we have to do something extra like mechanized farming and during this process we must used pesticide to kill some bugs that threatening our farm products. After harvesting, we human being also ingest most of these pesticide thereby causing destruction to our health. Second of all, we need to stop importation of condiments product and others processed foods such as Tin tomatoes, Butter, Corn beef, saturated oil or any food prepared in a tin. Most of the ingredients they used to prepare this foods is leather, they caused significant damages to our vital organs. Most of these products were preserved with a lot of sodium which can trigger a high blood pressure. Another thing is we have to reduce the intake of red meat. It is advisable not to eat beef at all instead we should go for white meat such as chicken, Duck or fish. At times when our body insulin can not process our food through the liver, it stay within our body and this will result to diabetic. If you have diabetic, the tendency that you will develop stroke is 90%. High blood pressure, diabetic, kidney and stroke work together. The bottom line is to watch what you eat. Eats a lot of vegetables, Make sure you cook your food properly in healthy way. Stay away from all these foreign food that only contain sodium and sugar. That is the genesis of our problem in Nigeria. We love foreign food more than our indigenous food especially that Butter Margarine it is very high in saturated fat and dangerous for the body. It is very sad that most of our food is now imported food which might have contributed to rising in kidney disease in Nigeria. There may be other contributing factors such as drinking too much alcohol, local drinks Paraga or Alomo. However why cant we engage in subsistence famine to ensure adequate food for all. We don’t have to be filthy rich before we can eat better. Some leafy vegetable and fish will go a long way in your system rather than Bread and butter consume by rich people which quickly destroy the body and trigger deadly disease in ones body. That is why most of the money stolen by the thieves in power are mostly spend on foreign food which quickly kill them instead of focusing on meaningful program such as agriculture.

  2. Uzoma

    January 3, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Well spoken, Mrs. Omotosho. I hope everybody in Nigeria should read this.

  3. Jilo

    January 3, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    In addition to my previous comment on kidney disease, I would like to mention some few things that probably responsible for prevalent of kidney disease in Nigeria. To start with, our enthusiasm for seeking for new food is what I think causes this widespread disease. We need to improve more in production of our native food than importing most of processed or GMO (Genetic Modify Foods) from oversea which is very common nowadays. Most of these foods have been preserved using excess sodium, sugar, additives and chemicals that destroys human cells. There is no scientific proof between relationship in blood sugar and table sugar but there is a study which shows that consuming too much sugar can worsening the condition of diabetic patients. Therefore, all these food that we think is oyinbo food is not really good for our body and most of these white people are not really consuming them. They are only producing them for us third world countries because they know we are short of foods. In order to avoid being hit with kidney or liver disease, we have to say goodbye to the following foods, condiment food, processed food such as, Tin tomatoes (Derica) Margarine butter, animal oil extracted from animal, Tin Milk (Peak or Carnation) baked beans, Powdered milk, Table sugar (St. Louis) etc. Fellow Nigerians you may think i’m crazy but i’m not but instead of eating above foods we may go for alternatives such as using olive oil for cooking, Horney instead of sugar, traditional tomatoes instead of derica, eating more food that contain fibers. We should try to embark more natural and organic food, Go green i.e eating more vegetable, more fruits and engage in some light exercise and reduce stress. If we can be conscious of what we put in our mouth all these diseases will kept at bay. I’m not a medical Doctor, i’m just trying to pass out this useful information to my fellow country men which I think will go a long way helping people to aware of their diets. Pardon my typo.


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  5. dybabe

    January 3, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    God bless you, Jilo, for this life saving info!

  6. Natasha

    January 4, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Well Saïd ma,may God blessure you for your advise .

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