Food solution for Diabetes, Malnutrition

Chioma Emma

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), approximately 463 million adults (20-79 years) are currently living with diabetes worldwide in 2019.

This number is projected to rise to 700 million by 2045 if current trends continue. It also showed how diabetes prevalence varies significantly by region. In 2023, the regions with the highest prevalence rates were: North America and the Caribbean 12.6%,Western Pacific 10.2%,Europe 9.3%,middle East and North Africa 9.2%,South and Central America 8.4%,Southeast Asia 8.1%,and Africa 4.7%.

Africa, despite having a lower prevalence compared to other regions, still faces significant challenges in managing diabetes due to limited healthcare resources and awareness.

In a groundbreaking development in the realm of health and agriculture, Victor Adara, a local farmer and innovator from Ekiti State, residing in the Federal Capital Territory, has unveiled a product to revolutionize the lives of individuals grappling with diabetes. His innovation offers a natural and sustainable approach to stabilizing blood sugar levels, promising a glimmer of hope for millions worldwide.

Adara the inventor ODARA food Abuja,Nigeria

Adara was born in Ekoro Ekiti, fifteen miles  from Ayetoro his home town in Ekiti State, Nigeria. He began  his  formal education  at  Apostolic church primary school Ikaro Ekiti and  later on to Apostolic Model secondary school. After his secondary education, he proceeded for a degree at university of  Ife where he studied Agriculture and  later proceeded for a masters in theology in Manchester Califonia. He has  been  a missionary for over thirty years having visited  more than 100 rural communities  where he  gave out  his  food product to about 5000 mal-nourished children within these communities.

The Food  Product.

Before taking  the  initiative  to formulate the  food product, Adara had noticed his mother’s health was deteriorating owing to diabetes  after she  was diagnosed. Noticing he  had same  problem,Adara wasted no  time in deciding what he would  do.

“I saw the impact of diabetes on my own mother,myself, and those in  my community ” Adara recalls. “It drove me to think about sustainable solutions that utilize our local resources.”

He understood that  maintaining a healthy diet  is crucial for managing blood sugar levels and preventing complications. At that point, his  experience as  a local  farmer and agriculturist was brought to bare by  incorporating specific foods known for their medicinal properties, such as certain spices, and whole grains, which supported diabetes management by providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds having  researched their unique abilities  to  lower and stabilize blood sugar. He utilized his farm in the Kuje area of  the Federal Capital Territory   by ensuring  that the  grains  and spices were organically grown.This unique approach ensures a sustainable solution without the use of chemical fertilizers.

Impact.

Dealing with  diabetes can be very challenging following medical recommendation of  medications available  for its treatment. Diabetes can lead to a range of complications, including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness, and lower limb amputations.It is a leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 4.2 million deaths attributed to diabetes-related complications.

Adara’s product has  shown  promise beyond diabetes management, particularly in addressing malnutrition. He gives an  insight  into  how it tackles this pressing issue, especially among malnourished children stressing that malnutrition  is prevalent in underrepresented communities. By bridging nutritional gaps, he said   his innovation aims to foster healthier future generations.

“The response has been overwhelming, with tangible transformations seen in individuals like my centenarian mother, an eighty-year-old woman, a security personnel, myself and some members of  my community who are living   testimonies  of  the impact  of the  food. They’ve all experienced significant improvements in managing their diabetes. Moreover, feeding 5000 children in rural and IDP camps have also yielded visible health improvements, showcasing its potential to combat malnutrition,” Adara stated.

Being a  missionary, Adara has   distributed  his food product for free during medical missions  in remote communities and in  different households especially to those who   showed symptoms of the  disease.He also created awareness by sensitizing  the community members on  the  danger of  living  with the disease,and the devastating effect  it has  on  their health .

Beneficiaries  speaks

Joseph Makama is a security guard who lives in Adara’s neighborhood who was diagnosed with the disease two years back and haven’t been able to manage it properly.

“I’ve struggled with managing my diabetes for years, but ever since I started taking Adara’s food product I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blood sugar levels. My doctor was amazed at the drop in my readings during my last check-up. Thank you, Victor, for creating something that’s truly making a difference in my life!”

James Ngugi has  lived  with disease and has tried numerous products to help manage his condition, but nothing has worked as effectively as Adara’s food product. After just a few weeks of incorporating it into his diet, his blood sugar levels have stabilized, and he says he feel more energetic and healthy. The story is  surpisingly same for Adara’s centenarian mother, an eighty-year-old woman and Adara. This grand story about the efficacy of the product was true for Adara who is seventy five years and for many others living within his community.

Endorsement

Adara’s work  has not gone unnoticed. ODARA food has received several endorsement for his innovative ability from well  meaning   agencies. However, he remains focused on the goal that set him on this path: making a difference in the lives of African families.Notable endorsements have come from institutions like the National Planning Commission, National Seed Council, Institute of Agricultural Research Ibadan, and the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Their support underscores the credibility and potential impact of his innovation.

Future plans for  the invention

“I aim to collaborate with nutritionists, scientists, and stakeholders to develop syrups and capsules from the food. My long-term goal is to eliminate preservatives and chemicals while extending its shelf life, ensuring broader accessibility and impact,’’ Adara said.

He said  as his invention spreads, its potential to offer scalable, affordable solutions to global health challenges like diabetes is immense. By harnessing the power of locally sourced ingredients and community-driven innovation, we can pave the way for a healthier future.

Adara’s remarkable journey exemplifies the transformative power of community-driven innovation in addressing pressing health challenges. His invention not only offers hope to individuals battling diabetes but also shines a light on the untapped potential of traditional knowledge and scientific research in creating sustainable solutions for the future.

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