Diet rich in resveratrol offers no health boost

Getting a lot of resveratrol from red wine and food offers no protection against heart disease and cancer, and doesn’t appear to extend the lifespan.

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Tea: Drink to your health?

Could tea be a health beverage? Eleven new studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlight the many ways that tea may improve health: Tea drinking appears to lower the risk for heart disease and stroke, may strengthen bones, and appears to improve mood, concentration, and performance. Natural compounds called polyphenols in tea might protect against several cancers, including those of the prostate, GI tract, lungs, breast, and skin, and may also increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Those possible benefits apply to tea, not tea extracts condensed into pills. If you’re a tea drinker, enjoy your favorite brew with the added satisfaction that it may be good for your health. If you aren’t, there’s no reason to start.

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The health advantages of marriage

People who are married tend to be in better overall health than people who are not, but the reasons for this are not clear.

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Complan Saturday Nutrition Quiz

It is December! The end of the year is upon us!😀 Usually, this period brings with it many resolutions for the new year. In keeping with this:

‘Mention one ‘nutrition resolution’ you plan for 2017. In other words, mention one specific way, you plan to change/adjust your feeding/nutrition habits to eat healthier next year. If you have more than one nutrition resolution, feel free to share😀’

Terms and conditions:

The first 3 persons to answer correctly will win our prizes.

Participants must be followers of our blog and/or facebook 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 9th of December, 2016

So, what are you waiting for?! Best of luck, guys!

Congratulations to our winners for the 26th November quiz! I was spoilt for choice! So many interesting answers! And so, we have 4 winners!

  • Uju Jennifer Anyahuru (fromcom)
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  • Raif Ascension (from facebook.com)

 

  • Monope Mutheiwana (from facebook.com)

 

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Daily Health Tips: Can I Conceive With A Retroverted Uterus?

Q: Hi Dr. Please ma’am, I was told a woman with retroverted uterus cannot conceive. Please ma’am, how true is it?

A: Normally, a uterus tilts forwards at the cervix towards the stomach. In some women, however, the uterus tilts backwards inside the pelvis towards the spine. This is called a retroverted or tilted uterus. Many women with this condition are born with it but some women may develop it after birth as a result of:

  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the ligaments holding the uterus in place become weak and so after pregnancy, some women now find their uteri tilted.

 

  • Prior surgery, infections and disease conditions like endometriosis may lead to a tilted uterus. In these cases, conception may be difficult but not impossible. Patients here may benefit from seeing a fertility doctor.

 

For more on endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease, please click on these links:

Daily Health Tips: Can PID Block My Fallopian Tubes?

Daily Health Tips: What’s An Ovarian Cyst?

 

  • Menopause: Estrogen deficiency in menopause also leads to weakened ligaments such that the uterus now becomes tilted.

A retroverted uterus is usually an incidental finding as most women experience no symptoms. The women with symptoms usually complain of pain during menstruation and pain during sexual intercourse. Other symptoms include lower back pain, incontinence, difficulty with passing stool or urine.

Treatment for this include:

Kegel exercises: The exercise mimics the movements we make when we want to stop the flow of urine. Try holding this for about 10 seconds and then doing about 10 repetitions per set. Try about 4 to 6 sets per day and increase this as you feel ready.

Knee to chest exercise: Lie flat on your back and place both feet on the floor with both knees bent. With your left foot still flat on the floor, bring your right knee to your chest. Hold this position for about 15 to 30 seconds and then return your leg to the floor. Do about 10 reps of this exercise on each leg 3 times a day. This can help return a tilted uterus to a forward position.

Vaginal pessaries (plastic devices) which help to hold the uterus in position.

Surgery can also help to shorten (tighten) the weakened ligaments and thus return the uterus to its rightful position.

Now, does a retroverted uterus stop one from getting pregnant? No. The sperm can swim just as easily here as they do in other uteri/wombs. However, given that some of the causes of retroverted uterus like endometriosis are associated with difficulty to conceive, then retroverted uterus may be associated with infertility even though it doesn’t cause it.

I hope this helps you. If you have more questions, please seek out a good gynaecologist and let him/her help you.

Have a good night, everyone😀

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World AIDS Day 2016

Hello everyone! It’s December 1! Oh my! How the year has flown by! Filled with laughter and tears, ups and downs, sadness and happiness….but most of all, life! Yes! As the bible says, only the living can praise God. So, people, let’s praise God today….for the gift of life, for the gift of passing through it all and yet, still standing! Amazing!

For the last month, call those things that be not, as if they are! Don’t give up. There are still 30 more days of amazing grace left in the year. Don’t miss them by giving up too soon!

I smell Christmas in the air!

Today is World AIDS Day, a day set aside to create awareness or this diseases caused by the virus, HIV. This day has been set aside for AIDS since 1988. This year, the theme is Hands Up For HIV Prevention. This puts the emphasis on preventive strategies. Late last month, World Health Organization launched new guidelines for HIV self-testing to encourage countries to promote self-testing and empower individuals to self-test.
So, do you know your HIV status? Do you assume that because it appears the media is not continuously awash with news of the HIV/AIDS anymore that perhaps, it no longer exists?

A quick reminder class on HIV…

HIV-Human Immunodeficiency virus is a virus quite different from other viruses in its structure and how it attacks the cells of the body .It affects the CD4 cells in the body. These CD4 cells serve as the soldiers of the body, fighting and defending it from disease organisms. When HIV infects these cells the body loses its ability to defend itself so all kinds of diseases which ordinarily would have been taken care of now have the opportunity to affect the multiple systems of the body.

The initial symptoms of HIV are symptoms that can be seen also in other diseases, that means you can have similar symptoms in any other disease.

These include fever, flu like symptoms (cold, catarrh, cough), sweat, fatigue, diarrhea, aches and pains in the joints, headache, rashes and occasionally bleeding from the nose.

Other symptoms like oral thrush (whitish discoloration of the tongue), weight loss, chronic cough (cough lasting more than one month) and chronic diarrhea (passage of watery stools more than a month) come later in the course of the disease.

To prevent this, don’t forget the ABCs of safe sex: Abstaining from sex, if not married; Being faithful to one partner and using a condom, if engaging in risky sex (totally understanding that even this is not 100% safe).

For more on HIV/AIDS, please click on these links:
Daily Health Tips: Is It Risky To Marry My HIV Positive Fiancee When I’m HIV Negative?

Daily Health Tips: Can My HIV Positive Pregnant Friend Have A Baby Without Problems?

Daily Health Tips: How Can I Prevent My Unborn Baby From Becoming Infected With HIV?

Daily Health Tips: Can I Get HIV From Oral Sex?

Daily Health Tips: World AIDS Day, 2014

Daily Health Tips: Should I Marry My Boyfriend Who I Just Realized Is HIV Positive?

Daily Health Tip: HIV/AIDS…your role in the fight.

Have a good night, everyone😀

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Daily Health Tips: What Could This Breast Lump Be?

Q: Hello, good morning Doc. I have a lump on my breast. When I went to hospital, doctor said we can’t operate it because it is too small and it might go on its own. But I’m very scared and I don’t know if it will affect me when I want to get pregnant….I’m 26yrs old. Please ma’am, advise me on what to do.

A: Thanks for writing in.

The good news is that not every breast lump is cause for concern. However, all breast lumps should be checked out at the hospital.

A breast lump refers to a growth within breast tissue and can be felt/seen as a thickening, lump, hard area (different from other areas), a breast larger than the other etc

There are different causes of breast lumps and not all may apply to you. Common causes include:

Fibroadenoma: These are common in adolescents and young women before the age of 30 years and are non-cancerous. They usually appear as solid masses of varying shapes and painless. The exact cause of fibroadeomas is not known but they appear to be linked to reproductive hormones, occur more during reproductive age, increases in size during pregnancy and regresses during menopause.

Breast cancer: For more on breast cancer, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/10/31/daily-health-tips-breast-cancer-awareness-month/

Breast cysts: These are fluid-filled lumps

Breast abscess: This is a collection of pus under the skin often due to bacterial infection

Blocked milk ducts: Painful lumps in the breasts of breastfeeding mums may be blocked milk ducts. Usually the milk ducts block if one is making milk faster than expressing it and indeed there should be some relief every time breastfeeding is done from that breast…so stopping breastfeeding may just be making a bad matter already worse

Mastitis: If blocked milk ducts are not handled immediately, it could lead to an infection of that duct (mastitis) such that the skin over that area feels hot to touch, reddens, mum feels feverish, ill and aches all over. This infection is usually treated with a course of antibiotics, which will be prescribed by your doctor.

Lipoma: a fatty mass that is usually harmless.

So, I suggest you see another doctor for a second opinion. Hopefully, it is nothing. You and indeed all ladies should also become more breast aware any looking out for changes in breast. Do a self-breast exam every day…it’s not too much. There are multiple online materials that teach you exactly how to do this. If you feel a lump, nodule, swelling…anything you’re uncomfortable about, see your doctor. Better safe than sorry. Look at yourself in the mirror, naked. You know what your breasts normally look like; if they change shape, colour, contour or your nipples start to look different or give strange discharges, see a doctor…today and not tomorrow. Once you hit 40, get a mammogram done once every two years (some authorities say from age 50. Ask your doctor what works for you based on your risk profile). And if you can afford it, get gene tested for breast cancer.

I hope this helps.

Have a good night, everyone😀

 

 

 

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