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Former UCC Lecturer Develops Tablets for Treating Diabetes Complications

A former lecturer at Department of Chemistry, Dr. Owusu Akyiaw Bempah, has developed a drug known as Fenomin Tablets for treating diabetes complications.

Dr. Bempah, explained that the tablets were a formulation of vitamin B1, B2 and B5 capable of preventing complications affecting all organs in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. Other ingredients of the tablets he mentioned were dicalcium phosphate, cellulose, silica, magnesium stearate.

“The tablets do not have permanent side effects even in high dosage and do not interact with other drugs or alcohol,” he stated. He indicated that the tablets have been approved by the Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana and was available in pharmaceutical shops in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.

Treatment of Diabetes Complications
Speaking at the School of Physical Sciences Seminar Series on the topic “The Cause, Cure and Prevention of Diabetes Complications, Dr. Akyiaw disputed claims by some medical doctors that diabetes was not curable. According to him some medical doctors were of the view that diabetes was caused by high blood glucose level and therefore, there was no cure for it.

“Diabetes is caused by the effect of vitamin deficiencies in the microcirculation that leads to damage to the organs” he explained.Dr. Akyiaw said reducing the risk of diabetes complication was essential because the disease could affect vital organs in the body such as the heart, brain, liver, and kidney. He said diabetes could cause painful sores on the skin and in the gum. Dr. Akyiaw advised people suffering from diabetes to desist from eating plantain and banana in order to manage their sugar levels.

Plantain is Dangerous for Diabetics
According to him a research he conducted revealed that what caused plantain to ripe was enzyme. “Plantain has enzymes which convert carbohydrate to sugar so I figured that if you eat plantain whether ripe or green, you’re increasing your enzyme concentration. The consequence is that the more the enzyme, the faster carbohydrate is converted to sugar in the body and for a diabetic, sugar going into your blood quickly means trouble” he warned.

Give African Scientist Opportunity to Prove their Worth
The Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, Prof. David K. Essumang, who chaired the lecture, commended Dr. Akyiaw for coming out with the tablets. “We need to encourage our own scientists who have developed medications for diseases which are known to have no cure because it is only through this means that we can confirm that the medicines are potent. Our scientists, if given the opportunity can be of great service to the world” he noted.