Diabetes and Exercise in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and way forward
Unyime Sunday Jasper*
Department of Physiotherapy, Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Nigeria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Jasper US
Department of Physiotherapy
Plateau State Specialist Hospital
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 18, 2014; Accepted date: April 17, 2014; Published date: April 22, 2014
Citation: Unyime Sunday Jasper (2014) Diabetes and Exercise in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and way forward. J Diabetes Metab 5:360. doi: 10.4172/2155-6156.1000360
Copyright: © 2014 Jasper US. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
With the adverse effects of the medicines, physical activity or exercise is considered as the beneficial, harmless treatment regimen for the treatment T2DM. While exercise has been established as a major alternative in the management of diabetes for almost a century now, and its beneficial effects widely broadcasted, this concept is yet to be fully integrated in our environment. This is probably due to widespread poor knowledge and attitudes towards physical activity by health workers and patients in Sub-Saharan Africa. Also a poor belief system as regards exercise in general and for diabetes specifically is predominant. This paper aimed to bring to the fore challenges militating against the adoption of physical activity by health professionals and diabetics, and proffers solutions to them.