There is a rise in diabetes in Ghana


Diabetes is a non-communicable chronic disease occurs due the insufficient production or ineffective usage of pancreatic insulin.Diabetes in Ghana is a major escalatingpublic healthproblem fuelled by unhealthy lifestyles, increased urbanisation and rising obesity. World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked Ghana sixth among other Africa countries with respect to Diabetes prevalence.

Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.

Secondly, knowledge of biomedical diabetes theories and interventions co-existed with theories about psychosocial and supernatural causes of diabetes and the efficacy of herbal and faith-based treatment of diabetes. Finally, migrants’ knowledge was informed by both Ghanaian and European systems of T2D knowledge suggesting enculturation dynamics. We discuss the development of culturally congruent and context-specific T2D interventions for the research communities.

Diabetes is one of the leading non-communicable diseases in Africa, contributing to the increasing disease burden among the old adults. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and determinants of diabetes among adults aged 50 years and above in Ghana.