Daily Health Tips: Hormonal Migraine

Q: Hi Doctor, please I want know the reason why someone gets headache before and after menstruation and how can it be eradicated.

A: Headaches during menstrual periods are referred to as menstrual or hormonal migraines and are due to a drop in the level of estrogen, a hormone. For a headache to be classified as this, it would happen anytime between about 2 days before a menstrual period to about 3 days after the first day of menstrual period. Some of these women find relief during pregnancy as the level of estrogen rises.
To pre-empt this, you can take pain relievers that are also anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen at the start of the period or even about a few days before the start of an expected period until the bleeding stops. If you’re asthmatic or have peptic ulcer disease, this drug is not a safe choice for you.

Be sure to discuss this with your doctor and be guided by him/her.
Have a good night sleep, y’all😀

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Daily Health Tips: Can I Be Pregnant So Soon After A Miscarriage?

Q: Hello, kindly do not reveal my ID. I had a miscarriage last month. I was about 10 weeks ,but was told it stopped at 6 weeks. I went through D and C and bleeding. After seven days and there on I had unprotected sex with hubby. I was feeling strange so I decided to do a pregnancy test. It came out positive, could I be pregnant or not? Could my hCG be still high? If am pregnant what should I do? If possible answer through inbox or you can post.

A: Thanks for writing in.

Condolences on the loss of your baby. May God console you.

It would usually take about four to six weeks after miscarriage for the hCG levels to return to normal. The Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) is a hormone produced by the body when pregnancy occurs and this is sought for when pregnancy tests are conducted. So, this could be responsible for the positive pregnancy test you had.

Could it be pregnancy? It’s not farfetched. Ovulation could occur as early as 2 weeks after miscarriage and that means pregnancy becomes highly possible.

Other causes of rising hCG could be an ectopic pregnancy that co-existed with the miscarried pregnancy. A patient with ectopic pregnancy would usually come into hospital with complaints of light abdominal bleeding, abdominal pain or cramps, extreme dizziness from the bleeding. If the tube ruptures (bursts), patient could faint from profuse bleeding into the abdomen. This condition needs to be taken care of immediately. For details of ectopic pregnancy, treatment etc, please click on https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/08/07/daily-health-tips-what-are-my-options-after-ectopic-pregnancy-and-failed-ivf/

Rising hCG levels could also be due to two conditions known as choriocarcinoma (in which a cancer forms in the ‘placenta’ tissues) or a molar pregnancy (in which a fertilized egg turns into a mass of cysts instead of a normal pregnancy).

So, please see your doctor and have a long chat. He will advise on next steps.

I hope this helps.

Have a good night everyone😀

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Daily Health Tips: Can Parents With AA And AS Genotypes Avoid Having A Baby With Sickle Cell Trait?

Q: Good evening doctor, please I want to know how parents with AA and AS genotype can avoid AS baby?
 
A: Thanks for writing in.
 
Parents with AA and AS genotype have a 75% chance of having children with AA genotype and 25% chance of having a child with AS genotype. People with this sort of genotype are said to have the sickle cell trait and they usually do not have symptoms of sickle cell disease. Please note that the chances noted here are mathematical probabilities and so it could very well be that none of this couple’s children would be AS or it could very well be that all or half of them could be AA!
 
It is possible to know the genotype of the baby before birth through prenatal diagnosis. Speak with your doctor about this.
 
For more on gentotypes, please click on this link:
 
 
 
Be sure to catch our tips tonight on Silverbird TV by 9.55pm. Today we discuss ‘Healthy Nutrition on The Go!’ Don’t miss it!
 
Have a good night, y’all😀
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The truth behind standing desks

Working at a standing desk may offer health benefits, however, studies suggest that doing so probably won’t help you burn a lot of extra calories.

Source: The truth behind standing desks

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Get up, stand up, for your health: A little exercise offsets a lot of sitting

Moderate exercising like walking the dog or riding a bike for just an hour a day could alleviate or even eliminate the dangers caused by sitting all day.

Source: Get up, stand up, for your health: A little exercise offsets a lot of sitting

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Anything Wrong With A Carb Diet?

Q: When you eat only eba, beans, rice and bread is it dangerous?

A: Hello healthy people, I came across a report from a Harvard review and it gives 8 principles to low glycemic eating…a principle that will help answer the question asked. Glycemic index, by the way, is a measure that ranks foods that contain carbohydrates on a scale of 0 to 100. The higher the number, the faster the food is digested, causing fluctuations in the blood sugar level and the lower the number, the slower the food is digested causing less fluctuations in the blood sugar level. So the focus should be on foods with low glycemic index. If you reduce your portion sizes and are exercising and generally doing the right things, you may sill be adding weight or not losing weight if you’re eating a lot of food with high glycemic index.

So here goes: principles of low glycemic eating:

Eat a lot of beans (any and every type), non starchy veggies (garlic, onions, leeks, chives, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers etc) and fruits like apples, berries, peaches and pears.

Eat a lot of grains in their natural state like natural granola, brown or local rice and muesli cereal

Reduce your intake of concentrated sweets like fruit juices (no more than half a cup daily…if you must) and other sugar loaded or sweetened drinks.

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#Complan Saturday Challenge

Watch the video on our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/healthylivingwithdrketch and answer the following questions:
 
How many minutes of exercise should you get in a week?
Give 2 ways of accomplishing this even if you work all week.
 
Terms and conditions:
The first 3 persons to answer correctly will win our prizes.
Participants must be followers of our blog. If you’re not a follower, click on the linkhttp://www.chatwithdrketch.com and click on the follow button to qualify. The follow button is on the bottom right hand corner of the page and floats with the page.
Only one answer per participant will be accepted.
If a participant provides more than one answer, the first answer will be used.
Edited answers will be disqualified.
Editor’s decision is final.
This challenge lapses by 11.59 pm on Friday, the 30th of September, 2016
So, what are you waiting for?! Best of luck, guys!
 
Congratulations to all our winners, once again! Remember that the show airs on Mondays by 9.55pm on Silverbird TV.
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