A US-based cardiologist, Dr Sabu George, has warned that Nigerians risk contacting heart-related diseases over consumption of major staple food and drinks that are easily accessible in the country.
George gave the warning during a free health screening tagged “Medical Mission” organised by the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area of Lagos.
The risky foods and drinks identified as capable of causing heart ailments include bread, pounded yam, cassava, noodles, sugar, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Pepsi-cola, Seven Up, among others.
To prevent the likelihood of this ugly health hazard, George said that urgent measures should be put in place.
According to him, these major staple and drinks are prone to cardiovascular-related diseases.
“Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels.
According to him, many cardiovascular-related diseases can be controlled, if detected at the early stage.
”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,” he said.
The Nigerian expert, 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 does not have side effects.
The Sole Administrator of the LCDA, Mr Olumide Olayomi, remarked that the free health screening was aimed at helping the patience of heart-related ailments.
Olayomi said that the programme was initiated to encourage the residents to check their health status.