With the deaths of Henrietta Kosoko, 52, Nollywood actress and wife of veteran actor Jide Kosoko on Monday, June 6, from complications of diabetes, and former soccer star and coach, Stephen Keshi, 54, on Wednesday, June 8, from cardiac arrest occasioned by hypertension and broken heart, it is very likely that as a Nigerian your chances of passing on in your 50s are high.
For one, the World Health Organization’s latest figure for life expectancy in Nigeria is pegged
at 53 years for men and 56 for women ( 2015).
So, for a fact, more Nigerians die in their 50s than at any other age. And it is ‘ a reflection of our health and living conditions’ as a potentially wealthy country with mismanagement and looting robbing our citizens of longevity and admirable high quality of life.
The average life expectancy in the world is over 70 years, yet Nigerians are most likely not to celebrate their 57th birthday! Why?
The first major difference makers are :
1. Access to nutritious food.
2. Access to safe water, sanitation, antibiotics, primary health and immunization.
3. Access to education.
The other major factors arresting Nigerians from living to their late 50s are :
B. Economic depression leading to stress and diseases largely ignored and undiagnosed.
C. AIDS and other manageable diseases not arrested.
D. Hypertension, diabetes, kidney, heart, liver diseases and tuberculosis are on the rise and unmanaged.
Researchers have advocated education ( more than 11 million Nigerian children are out of school, and tens of millions of adults are illiterate) and intensive campaign as largely responsible for improving life expectancy. And with education, more people are exposed to strategies of prolonging lives.
So, what can you do to live longer?
The first step is to stop smoking, reduce alcohol, exercise and eat more vegetables and fruits.
Also, you should avoid stress, think young, read and be curious and look at the brighter side of life.
The next step?
This step is the most important step : do a thorough medical check up at a reputable hospital.
And once you are diagnosed with any ailment or condition, follow the narrow path of recovery fully. No short cut or long story…