Hi, ALian. 💜
Don’t stone me yet. I can explain, trust me, but not in this blog post.
This one is for Ayo.
Ayo is a 25 year old digital marketer and ‘forex trader’ who works from home. He has two ‘heavy’ meals each day and snacks in between.
The only fruit he eats is groundnut (that has to count, my dear). His father died 5 years ago and was a known hypertensive, but as we all know, “he died after a brief illness”.
Every week he has to check on his mother who has type II diabetes.
He doesn’t know yet that today is world Hypertension day. However, he had salted dodo for breakfast and added two tablespoons of salt to the rice he had with stew for lunch.
Last week he testified in Church that he has never been to the hospital since he was born. Hallelujah!
Are you Ayo?
If yes, you should know that an estimated 1.28 billion adults aged 30-79 years worldwide have hypertension, most (two-thirds) living in low- and middle-income countries (Nigeria is part of this, dear) 🙂.
An estimated 46% of adults with hypertension are unaware that they have the condition. Less than half of adults (42%) with hypertension are diagnosed and treated.
And hypertension is a major cause of premature death worldwide.
You should also know that one of the greatest breakthroughs with non-communicable diseases is lifestyle modification.
Nigeria does not have a reliable health care system yet and while we keep hope alive, do not be the guniea pig.
Health insurance, if you can afford it, is not a sin, neither is it a luxury. The sick who is healed and subsequently engages unhealthy practices will need another healer.
I’m rooting for your health, as always! 🥂