Metabolic health: Nigerians urged to adopt drastic lifestyle change

An Osun-based medical professional has stated that to increase the level of metabolism and metabolic health, there is a need for a change of lifestyle which would positively reflect and ensure sound healthy living.

In a chat with DAILY POST, Dr Folashade Alawode, an Endocrinologist based in Ilesa noted that most Nigerians, due to the modern lifestyle, now live in the fast lane and neglect some of the age-long ways of living handed down from generations.

Alawode stated that individuals who resided in rural areas tend to live longer than the ones in urban settlements because they still consume lots of natural foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and they drink lots of water.

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She stated that though most rural dwellers consumed more carbohydrates which takes a longer time to digest in the body they engaged in one physical activity or the other like farming and fishing.

These physical activities, according to her, served to burn lots of calories and fat that would have been deposited in their bodies if they had adopted the sedentary lifestyle of urban dwellers.

The physician, while maintaining that a lack of interest in one’s metallic health could lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes, urged the public to invest more in their metabolic health.

Ways of investing in metabolic health she disclosed included devoting time to physical activities like jogging, swimming, going to the gymnasium and participation in lots of outdoor activities.


“Playground activities also help children to increase their metabolic health. That is why you see in the olden days, children used to enjoy moonlight games and evening storytimes. All these activities unconsciously aided metabolic health.”

She urged individuals to discontinue eating late at night and instead to eat early so that they will have enough time to exercise before bedtime.

Alawode also advocated refraining from the consumption of refined sugars.

In her words, “We tend to consume a lot of sugar in this country and unfortunately, we are not in the United States of America or the United Kingdom where their health system is more advanced to deal with such situations when it becomes an emergency.

“We have relegated natural food to the background. We now eat lots of burgers and sweet things. We drink lots of ice cream, soft drinks. All these contain unrefined sugar in excess levels to what our body needs.

“They end up being stored in the body and when we aren’t involved in physical activities, it becomes a problem in the future. We consume unrefined sugar and yet sit in our comfortable cars and offices for more than 12 hours a day. We need to have a rethink and do the right thing”, she concluded.