Pounded yam, bread, sugar, soft drink, consumers risk heart diseases – Cardiologist

Many Nigerians risk contacting heart-related diseases unless urgent measures are put in place. This is because the major staple and drinks easily accessible for consumption are prone to heart-related diseases. They are bread, pounded yam, noodles, sugar, Coca Cola, Fanta, Pepsi, Seven Up, cassava, among others.

A United States (US)-based cardiologist, Dr Sabu George, disclosed that regular consumption of the above stables is dangerous to health as it could leads to cardiovascular-related diseases.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels.

George spoke during a free health screening tagged Medical Mission organised by the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area of Lagos on Monday August 15.

According to him, most cardiovascular-related diseases could be controlled, if detected at the early stage.

He said:  “Cardiovascular diseases are a silent killer, and if not detected at the early stages, the sufferer is at high risk and can lead to sudden death. It is more expensive to treat the ailment and cheaper to prevent it by maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, checking cholesterol, avoiding too much of carbohydrates and sugar.

“We can avoid cardiovascular diseases by eating less of carbohydrates, but more of vegetables and drinking more water than fizzy drinks.

“We will ensure that any person detected to have such ailment will be given proper care by providing free treatment and there will be regular consultations, to monitor the patients.”

Dr George, a Nigerian who has been in US for 24 years enjoined Nigerians to eat more of moin moin, Efo riro, Egusi and other soups.

Moin moin, he said, is almost a complete meal because it doesn’t have side effects.

The council’s Sole Administrator, Mr Olumide Olayomi, said the free health screening was aimed at helping the sufferers of heart-related diseases and other ailments.

Olayomi said the programme was initiated to encourage the residents to know their health status.



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