Good Feeding and Regular Exercise Enhance Health                                                     – Prof. Oboh

Smokers have been advised to quit smoking as a precautionary measure against hypertension. This admonition was given by a professor of Biochemistry at Federal University of Technology Akure, Professor Ganiyu Oboh.

Professor Oboh who was on sabbatical at Federal University Oye-Ekiti until recently, was a guest lecturer at the FUOYE Public University-wide Monthly Lecture for March. Speaking on the topic, Dietary Polyphenols and Health Matters the eminent don took the enthusiastic audience on certain contemporary health matters. He specifically spoke on Type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension and other related illnesses. On diabetes, the university teacher
informed his audience that a person with type 2 diabetes either does not produce enough insulin or suffers from insulin resistance. He mentioned family history, obesity, physical resistance. He mentioned family history, obesity, physical inactivity or lack of physical exercise, racial/ethnic descent as some of the risk factors of the disease and made his audience to understand that, among other things, diabetes causes erectile malfunction and Alzheimer (loss of memory). He therefore advocated healthy eating habit and regular exercise as measures to prevent the risk of diabetes. According to him, insulin therapy and blood sugar monitoring/control are measures against the disease.

Speaking on cancer, the professor told audience that cancer on the other hand, is a disease caused by an
uncontrolled division of abnormal cell in a part of the body. He disclosed that this abnormal division can start almost anywhere in the human body, and went further to say that smoking, certain infections of the stomach, previous or family history, age and genetics are some of the risk factors of cancer. Defining hypertension as a situation of abnormal high blood pressure or a state of great psychological stress, Professor Oboh unveiled the risk factors of hypertension as, among other things, age, race, family history, tobacco consumption and too
much salt intake. He recommended quitting smoking, food therapy and complete change in lifestyle.