Di­a­betes Sur­vivor Tells Story of How she Over­came the Dis­ease

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Awoman who says she has beaten di­a­betes is to­day shar­ing her story of how she over­came the dis­ease. Di­a­betes sur­vivor from Namosi, Me­la­nia Kororua, says she is now a veg­e­tar­ian.

She had di­a­betes back in 2012 af­ter the doc­tor gave her the di­ag­no­sis.

“The symp­toms I had was in­creased thirst and hunger, fa­tigue and skin in­fec­tion.”

The 59-year-old said she kept on vis­it­ing the doc­tors and get­ting all her tablets and in­jec­tion.

“Dur­ing the time I had di­a­betes, I quit eat­ing meat and I switched to fruits and veg­eta­bles un­til to­day.”

Five years of main­tain­ing her diet and her free­dom from di­a­betes, this year dur­ing her checkup she was told that she no longer had di­a­betes.

“The les­son learnt is to fol­low the doc­tor’s ad­vice and take your tablets at the right time, and eat veg­eta­bles.” Ms Kororua shared her mes­sage yes­ter­day dur­ing the World Di­a­betes Day and the launch of the Na­tional Di­a­betes Month at Ratu Sukuna Park.

Kon­rote: Alarm­ing stats

Mean­while, chief guest, Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote said am­pu­ta­tions were done ev­ery eight hours and this was alarm­ing.

“This is very alarm­ing but what is more alarm­ing is that our peo­ple are ne­glect­ing the fact that di­a­betes like all other Non-Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­ease is con­trol­lable. It is within our abil­i­ties to choose a healthy life style to eat fresh and healthy foods in­stead of pro­cessed foods.

“Many peo­ple are los­ing limbs be­cause of the choices they make in life.”

He said this should change in or­der to live a longer healthy life.

Di­a­betes Fiji chief ex­ec­u­tive Vil­iame Qio says more young peo­ple are get­ting di­a­betes in Fiji.

With Di­a­betes be­ing the sec­ond killer dis­ease in Fiji, Mr Qio says that it is im­por­tant for peo­ple to get checked so they are aware of the state of their com­pli­ca­tion.

He said it is im­por­tant to get in­di­vid­ual check­ups in this re­gard.

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